The chorus is nothing short of iconic: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”
Now, “Respect” is known as a feminist anthem. But that wasn’t always the case.
Franklin worked with her sister to re-arrange the song and happened upon one of its most memorable elements.
You might be wondering what Redding thought of all this.
Franklin’s version of “Respect” isn’t the only cover that went on to become a bigger hit than the original.
The original version of “I Will Always Love You” was written and recorded by Parton in 1973, and first appeared on her 1974 album, Jolene. The song quickly reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s “Hot Country Songs” chart and ended up being one of the year’s best-selling singles.