April 29, 1967

On this day in 1967, Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘Respect’ was released.

Originally written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, Franklin’s version became an instant hit. Slight modifications to the music and lyrics basically changed the song entirely. It now comes form a strong woman’s point of view rather than Redding’s desperate plea to a women for her respect. Franklin’s version added the spelling of “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” into the chorus and the “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me. . . .”

Franklin’s cover truly played a part in the turning point of young woman and the feminist movement. It is widely considered one of the best R & B songs of all time.

In 1968, Franklin won two Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, as well as Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance/ Female.

In 2002, the Library of Congress added Franklin’s version to the National Recording Registry.

It is No. 5 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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