Friday, October 5, 2012

'Respect' by Aretha Franklin

Detroit Rock City week is about to end, but The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll is ending the week with a Motor City classic. The song of the day for October 5, 2012 is 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin was born in Tennessee, but moved to Detroit when she was a young girl. Her father, C.L. Franklin, was a famous preacher, and Aretha was a star singer for his church. She was pursued by Berry Gordy, Jr. of Motown records, but her father demanded she sign with Columbia. Aretha recorded I Have Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You in 1967, and the opening track to that album was 'Respect', an Otis Redding cover.

It should be a law that you can't hate on this song. This is timeless music that has all the right ingredients for a major hit. Motown's history is very impressive and their roster of talent was and will always be second to none. I wonder what would have happened had Aretha signed with Motown instead of Columbia. 'Respect' is not only one of the greatest songs in the history of rock and roll, but it is a song that never gets old. I don't know what else I can say about this fabulous song, but click the video below and enjoy.

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