" is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding
in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song
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...".
Franklin's cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards
in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female", and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame
in 1987. In 2002, the Library of Congress
honored Franklin's version by adding it to the National Recording Registry
. It was placed number five on Rolling Stone
magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
". It was also included in the list of "Songs of the Century
", by the Recording Industry of America
and the National Endowment for the Arts
. Franklin included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris
(1968). Read more...