Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

50 Years of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”

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When Aretha Franklin re-recorded Otis Redding’s “Respect,” she created not only a classic Soul hit, but also an anthem for the feminist and civil rights movements.


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