Sunday Side Up Motown Moment: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

Written by the great Otis Redding, "Respect" by Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul's signature song.

Although Redding's version was more of a "respect the hardworking man when he gets home with the money" etc., Franklin's reimagined version was more of a women's equality anthem released during current historic events like the Civil Rights Movement and the war in Vietnam.

Usually misinterpreted in the R-E-S-P-E-C-T chorus as "Take Care, TCP," the actual line is "Take Care, TCB"... as in Taking Care of Business.

Fun Fact: Although she usually sticks to the lead vocals in her music, Miss Aretha also plays piano on "Respect!"

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