All I am asking
Is a little respect…
On Valentine’s Day 1967, as the Vietnam War was consuming news headlines worldwide, and the civil rights and women’s movements were mobilizing across the States, a young African-American woman entered Atlantic Records and opened a piano
What happened next forged its way into contemporary musical history, making a worldwide star of its protagonist.
Aretha Franklin was just 25 when she exploded onto the music scene. The song was Respect.
I’ll bet that, whatever your age, wherever you are from, within seconds of hearing the opening bars of this song, your feet will be tapping in recognition, your fingers drumming on your laptop.
Respect is one of those enduringly popular anthems: the potency of Franklin’s voice, the rhythm, melody, and the universality of a message that seem to withstand the march of time. Forty years later, this song still has the power to stir emotion wherever, whenever.