Before Franklin could make history to the iconic “RESPECT’ song.  Let me tell you about the origins of the song.

It was originally released by Otis Redding in 1965.  The song was basically talked about a man who would anything for his woman as long as she gives him respect.  But in Aretha Franklin’s version, it geared more to women empowerment.  Franklin also added the R-E-S-P-E-C-T chorus and SOCK IT TO ME to the song.

The song was featured on Otis Redding 3rd album in 1965.  It was the follow up from his hit single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”.

The two versions of “Respect,” as originally written and recorded by Otis Redding and as later re-imagined by Aretha Franklin, are significantly different. While both songs have similar styles and tempos the writers and performers of the lyrics clearly had two different messages in mind.

Franklin had been performing the song live for years before she recored the song.  The chorus was sung by her sisters Erma and Carolyn.

The biopic of Aretha Franklin will release in 2020 and will be played by Jennifer Hudson.

Heres the original by Otis Redding