Fifty years ago, on February 14, 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded "Respect".
Written by Otis Redding in 1965, the original song told a sightly different story. Redding's version is sung from the viewpoint of a desperate man who claims he'll do anything his woman wants, even if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he comes home.
Franklin's version is told by a woman who knows she has everything her man wants, doesn't do him wrong, and demands his respect.
Franklin was 24 years old when she recorded the track at Atlantic Records in New York. Her sisters Carolyn and Erma appear as background vocalists.
Franklin's rendition of "Respect" helped her gain international success.
In the US, the song became an anthem for social justice groups from women's rights, to civil rights, and anti-(Vietnam)-war movements.