Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
|"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"|
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You|
|A-side||"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (also written "Do Right Woman — Do Right Man") is a single by Aretha Franklin. It was released in March 1967. Rolling Stone listed it as number 476 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Franklin began recording the song in 1967 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, after completing "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)". While taking a break for the night at the motel, Franklin's then-husband and manager Ted White got into a fight with FAME Studios owner Rick Hall or Wexler, whom White blamed for getting "rednecks" to work with her.
The following morning, it was found that Franklin and White had left with the song still unfinished. Franklin disappeared for several weeks, later reappearing in New York. She then finished the song with the help of her sisters Carolyn and Erma.
At the beginning of the song, Franklin sings with a gospel-inspired tone, which continues through the bridge. Through overdubbing, Franklin plays both the piano and the organ. Eventually the song equal to Franklin's hit cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" which Redding said she "stole".
According to Bill Janovitz of Allmusic, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" contrasts the power of temptation and rewards of fidelity. He notes that its melody is "soothing". Patricia Hill Collins writes that it has a feminist message, urging African-American men to respect women as their equals and not follow the then-common belief that it is "a man's world" by using or abusing them; she also writes that the song urges men to be loyal, responsible, and "sexually expressive".
"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" spent 11 weeks on the charts, peaking at number 9. It was included on Franklin's album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and the single was released as the b-side to "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)". Wexler called it "perfection".
The song was featured in the 1995 film Dead Presidents.
- Joan Baez
- Etta James
- The Flying Burrito Brothers
- Barbara Mandrell, whose version went to number seventeen on the country chart, 1971. 
- Willie Nelson
- Dan Penn
- Kitty Wells
- Joe Cocker
- Elkie Brooks
- Phoebe Snow
- William Bell
- Martina McBride
- The Three Degrees
- "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (Rollling Stone). 2010.
- Collins, Patricia Hill (2000). Black Feminist Thought : Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Revised 10th anniversary edition ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-92484-9.
- "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- Janovitz, Bill. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man". AllMusic.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- Mitchell, Gail (October 4, 2003). "Aretha: How the Queen of Soul Earned her Crown". Billboard 115 (40): 19, 22.
- Rivera, Ursula (2003). Aretha Franklin. New York: Rosen Central. ISBN 978-0-8239-3639-7.