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“Respect” October 18, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Aretha Franklin, Music, R&B.
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Respect album coverI’ve read different takes on what Otis Redding thought of Aretha Franklin’s cover of his song …


… but surely he must have realized that she had taken the song over from him. Aretha turned Otis’ version on its ear, especially with its two amazing original bridges, the sax bridge which she wrote with her sister and backup singer Carolyn, and this:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB
Sockittomesockittomesockittomesockittome …

“TCB” stood for “Take care of business” and was a common phrase of the time; “Sock it to me” was, of course, one of the key catchphrases from the TV show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.

I don’t know the date or place of this live version, but it’s the only video I’ve seen that captures the energy of the first studio recording.

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