Aretha Franklin peaks to No.1 in 1967 with her feminist driven version of “Respect”

The song was originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965

Aretha Franklin peaks to No.1 in 1967 with her feminist driven version of “Respect”

Written and originally released by Otis Redding in 1965, “Respect” met it’s most popular version through Aretha Franklin in 1967. Both versions of the songs are different, while the original Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…” “Respect” became one of Aretha Franklin’s signature songs and a landmark for the 1960’s feminist movement, also, is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning Aretha two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”. It was released as a single on April 29, 1967, and on June 3 it peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100 chart. It was also released on her 1967 album “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”.

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