Aretha Franklin

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Composed by Otis Redding

Song Review by

"That girl stole that song from me," Otis Redding says during a clip in a VH-1 special on Aretha Franklin that aired in spring 2001. The "stolen" song is Redding's own "Respect." No doubt the "theft" was made up for by the hefty writer royalties the Memphis soul great earned from the million-plus sales of the single. Though Redding had a 1965 number five R&B hit with the song, it would be Franklin's version which earned the most "respect." Recorded in February 1967, the recording session boasted the same Muscle Shoals rhythm section that had played on her million-selling Atlantic Records debut single, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way That I Love You." Franklin and her sister/frequent collaborator Carolyn Franklin are credited with coming up with the song's signature "sock it to me" break. Saxman King Curtis supplied the fat, cohesive key-changing solo which is akin to his work on Sam and Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." With input from Arif Mardin and engineer Tom Dowd, the Jerry Wexler-produced "Respect" held the number one R&B spot for an astounding eight weeks and number one pop for two weeks in spring 1967.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You 1967 Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Rhino 2:28
Aretha's Gold 1969 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:28
No Image 1971 Rhino / Atlantic
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1976 Atlantic
No Image 1979
Various Artists
MCA 2:25
The Best of Aretha Franklin 1984 Rhino / Atlantic 0:00
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Special Marker 2:29
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:27
Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits: 1967 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Atlantic Soul Classics [1985] 1990
Various Artists
Warner Music / Rhino 2:28
The Sounds of Murphy Brown 1990
Original TV Soundtrack
MCA 2:24
The Queen of Soul 1991 Traditional Line
Rhythm & Blues: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Greatest Voices [Dino] 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 2:26
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 2:24
Chain of Fools 1993 JDC Records / Rhino 2:25
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
Alex 2:26
Soul Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 2:25
Heart & Soul, Vol. 3: Heart Full of Soul 1994
Various Artists
Pro 2:27
Ocean Drive, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:26
Forrest Gump 1994
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:27
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:18
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 2:27
The Promised Land [Columbia] 1995
Original TV Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:24
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
I Am Woman 1996
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Columbia 2:26
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:29
Go Girl!: Soul Sisters Tellin' It Like It Is 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
'60s Soul Hits 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:26
Best Girl Power Album Ever [2 Disc] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
25 Years of R&B: 1967 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:25
Shakin 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:26
Rhythm Revue 1997 TVT 2:25
Classic 60s Soul, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:24
Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:23
Bar-B-Que Soul-A-Bration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:04
Soul Inspiration 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:25
Heart Beats [3 Pack] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
No Image 1998
Original Soundtrack
Warner Music 2:22
Instant Party Disc: Regular Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
Oldies Radio: K-Earth 101FM Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music / Wrong 2:26
Respect: A Century of Women in Music 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:24
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:25
Funky Divas [WEA] 1999
Various Artists
WEA International 3:41
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 2:23
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:25
A Child's Celebration of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Music for Little People 2:24
Utah Jazz: Feed the Fever 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:20
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:25
Bridget Jones's Diary 2001
Various Artists
Island 0:00
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:25
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:25
Hed Kandi: Nu Cool, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Hed Kandi 4:04
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:25
Pure Soul Power 2001
Various Artists
UTV / Uptown/Universal 2:22
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:24
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 WEA International 2:28
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 2:24
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:26
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:23
Aretha and Otis 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:27
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:24
Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s - WCBS 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:27
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / Arista 2:26
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:24
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:26
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
Women & Songs: Beginnings 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:26
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:24
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:23
Artist's Choice: Ray Charles 2003 Hear Music 2:26
All That Dance 2004
Various Artists
WSM 2:23
The Proud Family 2004
Original Television Soundtrack
Walt Disney / Disney 2:23
No Image 2004
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 2:25
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 2:27
Party People Presents Ladies Night 2004
Various Artists
Party People 2:22
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of the 60's Girls [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:24
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 1:57
Classic Soul: Motown Legends, Vol. 4-5/100% Motown 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:23
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
Rhino Hi-Five: Aretha Franklin 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 2:28
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:28
That's So Raven Too! 2006 Walt Disney 2:23
Akeelah and the Bee [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
DV&A / Lions Gate Films 2:25
Ultimate Summer Hits: Summer Fun 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:25
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:25
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Original Divas [Madacy] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:26
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:25
#1 Original R&B Dream Divas 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:26
Hollywood: Trilogy 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 2:21
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino 2:28
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:25
Atlantic Soul Classics [1987] 2008
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:28
Revolutionary Sound of 60's R&B 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:23
101 Greatest Housework Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 2:21
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:28
Sweet Soul Music: 1967 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:28
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 2:26
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:24
Heart and Soul 2010 North Star Music 2:23
Love Songs Actually 2011
Various Artists
Mercury 2:26
Pure... Divas 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:26
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:25
Hard to Handle: Black America Sings Otis Redding 2012
Various Artists
Ace / Ace UK 2:25
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
The Queen of Soul [2014] 2014 Atlantic / Rhino 2:28
Greatest Ever Mum: The Definitive Collection 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 2:24
Latest & Greatest: Girl Anthems 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 2:23
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 3:41
A Brand New Me 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 2:37
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:28
Best of Soul: 20 Original Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:28
Car-aoke: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:28
Classic Love Songs of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Time Life 2:26
Classic Mum
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 2:28
Feel-Good Favorites: Pop Hits of the '60s & '70s, Vols. 1-2
Various Artists
Ultimate Mix 2:25
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 2:28
It's Only Soul (But Maybe the Best), Vol. 4 - Chain of Fools... and More Hits
Various Artists
Zebralution / Zumba
Jon Savage's 1967: Year Pop Divided
Various Artists
Ace 2:26
Music from the House That Ahmet Built
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:28
New Year's Eve [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:28
Party Time! 50 Classic Party Tracks
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:24