“Respect” Performed by Otis Redding (1965) and Aretha Franklin (1967)

August 2, 2010

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#4 R&B , #35 Pop

Otis created the song “Respect” as he recorded it for what was his third LP “Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul”. This was just one of the many hits on this classic 1965 set that went #1 R&B the year of release and reached #75 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1966.

This month is all about Stax — Great Wax from Stax! But Stax music, like Motown music, became a part of the music culture and I would be remiss if I did not mention, as you all know, that Aretha went  on to cover this song and it would become one of her trademark cuts.

#1 R&B, #1 Pop

Turnabout is fair play and the smash “Otis Blue” set includes the cover Otis made of The Rolling Stones’  “Satisfaction,” which became one of Redding’s trademark performances as well. Check out this awesome live performance on the OSML sister blog EOINA.

You may read a bit more about Aretha’s cover version in this earlier post here at OSML and listen to Aretha”s Studio version.

Now which performer do you think  rocked “Respect”  the best in the Sixties? Share your thoughts  in a comment below.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry August 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Omg, i havent been here in so long! Hey SonDan!!! :) hows everything? hows your summer going?

I dont know if you know or not but i LOVE Otis (maybe a lil too much even? lol). this is gonna be a great theme for this month. and i will go back and check all the posts i missed.


2 SonDan August 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hi there cutie. I had no idea that you would two-time Paul with Otis. Shame on you. I’m gonna tell Paul when I speak to Eddie in my dreams tonight! (ROTFLOL). Seriously glad to see you and hope you are having a relaxing summer. I was took my annual blogging break in July so you haven’t missed too much SupaS.
Hugs, SonDan


3 SupaStarry August 6, 2010 at 4:56 am

LOL!! i cant choose between the two, i love them both greatly! my summer going alright, it’d be even better if i leave for FL next week. oh k, great <3

Hugs to you too!


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