Billboard #1 Hits: #186: “Respect”- Aretha Franklin- June 3, 1967- #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: “Respect”- Aretha Franklin
  • Record Company- Atlantic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Otis Redding
  • Time: 2:29
  • B-side: “Dr. Feelgood”
  • Album-I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #10 in UK Singles Chart.

“Respect” was written and first released in 1965 by the great Otis Redding. The single by Redding went to #5 on the R&B singles chart and #35 in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart. The Redding original and the Franklin version sound like different songs- there was some changes in the lyrics but where Redding’s song is a plea from a man desperate man who will give his woman anything she wants- Franklin makes the song a declaration from a strong and confident woman- an anthem- a landmark moment in the women’s rights movement. Franklin won two Grammy’s for “Respect” and Rolling Stone magazine lists it at #5 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Aretha Franklin had 77 Hot 100 singles in her career with 17 making the Top 10- “Respect” is the only solo hit Franklin had to reach #1.

5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #186: “RESPECT”- ARETHA FRANKLIN- JUNE 3, 1967

  1. Quite a female empowerment anthem, and there probably could not have been a better female artist than Aretha Franklin to perform. I also dig Otis Redding and his original version, though it doesn’t quite reach the intensity of Aretha’s take.

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