RESPECT was one of the late Aretha Franklin's biggest songs and many consider it her signature song.
A lot of people believe that it was Aretha who originally recorded the song and maybe even wrote it.
Actually, the song was first sung by a MALE singer named Otis Redding who also wrote the song in 1965 a couple of years before Aretha recorded it..
Redding's most famous song is "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" that was released after his death in a plane crash back in 1967.
The most ironic thing about this is how RESPECT has long been lauded as a "feminist" anthem when it was first sung AND written by a MAN.
It's kind of like how the movie Thelma & Louise starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon was lauded as a "feminist" movie.
As it turned out, that film was a blatant rip-off of a B-movie that was released a few years before called Assault Of The Killer Bimbos.
This also reminds me of another story about Aretha Franklin back when she sang a duet with the late George Michael back in the 80s.
Aretha said in an interview she would no longer be doing duets with George after his controversial "I Want Your Sex" song came out (no pun intended!).
Aretha-who regarded herself a "religious" person-said, while she felt the promotion of "love" was fine in music, the promotion of "lust" wasn't.
When George was asked about this, he said that was fine with him if that's what she wanted but added, if she truly felt this way, than what WAS her song "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" all about.
Going back to RESPECT, a lot of people would no doubt say, regardless of who initially wrote and recorded it, Aretha Franklin made the song her own (including Otis Redding himself, I'm sure).
Kind of like how 70s group Slade let band Quiet Riot claim their hit "Cum On Feel The Noize"-which many view as QR's signature song-as their own.
R.I.P. Aretha, Otis, George and Kevin DuBrow (who is-or was-the lead singer of Quiet Riot who passed away from a drug overdoes back in 2007).