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Aretha Franklin

Respect 

Contrary to popular opinion, Aretha Franklin had made great records prior to Jerry Wexler signing her to Atlantic. They just hadn't been in tune with the trends of the day. Under Wexler's supervision, Aretha would take her throne as the Queen of Soul.

 

Born in Memphis on March 25, 1942, Aretha was the daughter of the celebrated Rev. C.L. Franklin, who settled in at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church and rose to glory as one of the country's highest profile African-American clergymen, with dozens of albums of his sermons issued on Chess. At 14, Aretha was recording for Chess too, live from her father's church. But C.L. was a worldly man of the cloth, realizing that Aretha's stirring pipes and rock-ribbed piano were destined for mainstream stardom. He gave her his blessing when John Hammond signed her to Columbia in 1960.  

Hammond and fellow Columbia producers Bobby Scott, Robert Mersey, Clyde Otis, and Bob Johnston placed the young singer in every context imaginable, from jazz chanteuse to pop songbird, showbiz crooner to soul belter, with only intermittent success. Untapped potential abounded when Aretha joined Atlantic in 1966. Wexler brought her down to Muscle Shoals, where Franklin managed to cut I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You), her first R&B chart-topper, and part of its flip Do Right Woman – Do Right Man before a tussle broke out between a trumpeter and Aretha's hubby, Ted White. Then Fame Studios owner Rick Hall and White got into it. The subsequent fallout meant that Franklin wouldn't go down south to record again.

Wexler brought the Muscle Shoals session aces to New York to continue the project. Could their sound travel? "We were a little bit worried about that. After all, we're young southern guys, and then all of a sudden we're going to New York City to play on these records," says drummer Roger Hawkins. "But really, after the first couple of hours, it was just the same thing, only you're doing it in a different building."

Work began on Aretha's first Atlantic album, and when she and her little sister Carolyn, one of her background singers, started fooling around with Otis Redding's Respect—a #4 R&B hit for him in 1965—everything came together. Wexler inserted the bridge from Sam & Dave's When Something Is Wrong With My Baby for saxman King Curtis to solo over, and Aretha and Carolyn came up with the "sock it to me" line and the spelling out of "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."  Aretha stole the tune right out from under Otis' nose (she even slips in a mention of one of her best Columbia sides, Runnin' Out Of Fools, on the fade), making it a number one pop and R&B smash. And in the Queen's hands, Respect became an anthem for the civil rights movement, a non-negotiable demand for African-American empowerment that was tragically overdue.

- Bill Dahl -

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Just For You (LP) Aretha Franklin: Just For You (LP) Art-Nr.: LP782757

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(Rat Pack) 16 tracks - 'Columbia' recordings from the early 1960s
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(Music On Vinyl) 9 tracks, limited and numbered, coloured vinyl (green) The self-titled Aretha Franklin album from 1986 was a successful album, which was characterized by five R&B hits, including the number one hit "I Knew You Were...
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(Rumble Records) 10 Tracks - Original 1956 Chess recordings - Recorded at the age of 14, in 1956, under the direction of her father, Reverend C. L. Franklin, these gospel recordings of a teenaged Aretha Franklin are not just a sign of...
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(Checker Records) 9 tracks - Recorded in 1956 at the 'New Bethel Baptist Church' in Detroit, Michigan
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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (CD) Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (CD) Art-Nr.: CD143922

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(Dol) 19 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1961 'Columbia' LP album plus seven bonus tracks from the 'Bobby Scott Sessions' - Gatefold cover
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Lady Soul (CD, Japan) Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDATL7183

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(2013/Atlantic Japan) 14 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1968 Atlantic album plus 4 rare bonus tracks!
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(Rhino) 86 tracks - US Deluxe Digipack Longbox - The first definitive history of The Queen Of Soul's golden decade, 1967-1977. Features Aretha's greatest Atlantic singles and classic album tracks. Lavish booklet includes 'Aretha On...
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Spanish Harlem (CD) Aretha Franklin: Spanish Harlem (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFB523626

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Respect - The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin (2-CD) Aretha Franklin: Respect - The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD47054

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(2003/WARNER) 43 tracks 1967-71 Essential - last copies!
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(1989/Atlantic Japan) 10 Tracks - Stereo, rare Japan CD reissue of the original 1968 vinyl album!
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(2015/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Includes free MP3 album download. Her 1961/2 record plus 2 bonus tracks.
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The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging (1962)...plus 180g (incl. album download) Aretha Franklin: The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging... Art-Nr.: LP771956

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