Another double musical whammy, straight from the Don Charisma playlist. Otis wrote the song, and later became a much bigger hit for Aretha.
Let me know in the comments which one you like best.
“Respect” is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home. However, 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…”.
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2 thoughts on “Respect – Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding”
Aretha’s version, hands down. And I love Otis, but when I hear, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me”, I am overcome with glee and want to dance. It’s hard to describe, but yes, Aretha’s version.
It’s all good, I like both, and kinda agree slight preference to Aretha