In 1967 Aretha Franklin gets major “Respect” for her hit song. She had only modest success with her career from 1960 until she changed over to Atlantic Records Company in 1967. “Respect” rocketed her to success. She has become the most charted female artist in the Billboard chart’s history. Aretha won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and has sold over 75 million records worldwide. She had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Then in 2005 she was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Over the last 20 years health problems have had her cancel some scheduled performances.
“Respect” was written by Otis Redding who also recorded it but his version was nowhere as popular as the version by Aretha. Aretha’s version also has some different lyrics that make more of a song about a woman demanding respect from a man. It has become an anthem for the Women’s Rights movement. Those background singers on the song are Aretha sisters; Carolyn and Emma. Aretha won two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” for “Respect” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.”
“Respect” spent the weeks of May 28 – June 10 at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Cash Box record chart it was at the number one spot for the weeks of June 2 – 17, 1967.