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PAULINE'S PICKS: The 'Detroit Free-Press' Tells the Story of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

PAULINE'S PICKS: The 'Detroit Free-Press' Tells the Story of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'

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It's been 40 years since Aretha Franklin belted out her classic song, 'Respect' and The Detroit Free-Press put together an incredible multimedia package to honor the song and the people behind it.

'Respect,' which was written by Otis Redding, was actually recorded once before Franklin got to it in 1967. A Detroit band called The Rationals took a stab at it in 1966, but the recording lacked the punch that Franklin brought.

Could there have been, however, more punch? In an interview with Franklin's son, Teddy Richards, he mentions that on the day she recorded 'Respect,' Franklin had a cold. If you listen closely to the first time she sings, "What you need, you know I got it" she squeaks on the word "need." For whatever reason, producers never went back and fixed it.

The Free-Press also weaves in the important historical context from which the song arose. 'Respect' wasn't just a song Redding wrote, but the lyrics were rooted in the frustrations of the black community at the time. …

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