Okay, we’re straying into the top end of the 60s this week – but it’s well worth it to hear what many people consider the greatest R ‘n’ B song of all time; Aretha Franklin’s, fabulous 1967 single, Respect.
the queen of soul
I remember playing this song for our children when they were younger – “Who’s this, kids?” I’d shout. To which they would chorus back, “’Retha! The Queen of Soul!” That folks, is a good education!
Like so many singers of her genre, Aretha began her career as a gospel singer before embarking on her soul career aged 18.
To date she has charted on the US singles chart 88 times making her the most charted female artist in history. Her last Top 40 hit was in 1998 with A Rose is Still a Rose.
but wait, there’s more
Aretha has won 18 Grammy Awards. She’s sold over 75 million records. In 1987 she was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She is in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (#9), and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time (#3).
- Respect was written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965.
- Aretha recorded the song in 1967 taking it from a song about a man who demands respect from his woman to a song that became a feminist anthem; a woman demanding respect from the world.
- Respect earned Aretha two Grammy Awards in 1968; Best Rhythm & Blues Recording and Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.
- Aretha’s version of Respect sits at #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Respect has appeared in a number of movies, most famously in The Blues Brothers, in which Aretha appeared singing it as a challenge to her movie husband.
- Covers of Respect have been produced by: the John Evan Band (now Jethro Tull), Ike and Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Cass Elliot and Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dexys Midnight Runners,
- Respect lyrics.
respect – aretha franklin – 1967 – video
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