Songs by Aretha Franklin
The Greatest of the 60’s and 70’s
Lets start with Aretha's most well known song. “Respect” became a hit in
1967, and is the signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. Originally, the
song was not Franklin’s, but her version is the one that people around the globe
know and credit her for. Franklin revised her version, changing a man asking a
woman for respect to a woman asking for respect from a man. This new cover
soon became a landmark for the feminist rights movement, as well as the
signature tune for the civil rights movement between blacks and whites.
“Respect” is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, and has
won many awards. In 1968 Franklin won 2 Grammy Awards for the song,
including one for “Best R&B Recording,” and “Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance
for a Female.” In 1987 Aretha was introduced into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame,
and the Grammy Hall of Fame welcomed her in 1998. “Respect” was #5 on
Rolling Stone’s list of the top 500 songs of all time. It was also included on a list
of “Songs of the Century” put out by the Recording Industry of America and the
National Endowment for the Arts. The latest of “Respect's” feats was in 2002,
when the song was honored when it was placed in the National Recording
Registry by the Library of Congress. Over all, most everyone can say that
Aretha’ s song “Respect” was one of the greatest hits of all time.
Take a Listen!
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Now for another one of Aretha’ s songs. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was a well
known gospel song straight form the church that Aretha Franklin remixed, like
“Respect”. Also like “Respect”, Franklin’s version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is
the one that people know her for. It was released in 1969, and in its success won
many awards and recognitions. On February 28th, only a year after its release,
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” had climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list. It
stayed there, untouchable, for 6 weeks. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” also jumped
to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S for 6 weeks. The single won
the Grammy award for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the year” in 1971, and its
album won many awards in the same year too. Among others, Elvis Presley remixed
and recorded “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and put it on his 1970 album “Elvis:
That’s the Way it is.” From fun, peppy songs like “Respect” to serious, gospel songs
like “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, with Aretha Franklin’s diverse musical selections,
no wonder she is considered one of the best R&B singers of all time!
Take a Listen!
PowerPoint by: Chloe Mathieu