Aretha Franklin

Which 1967 hit song recorded by Aretha Franklin includes the lyric, "Sock it to me?"

And the answer: "Respect"

Photo of Aretha Franklin singing with microphone

Written and first recorded by Otis Redding, "Respect" became Aretha Franklin's signature song. When it was released in 1967, it jumped to No. 1 on the charts and stayed there for at least 12 weeks. The song became an anthem of civil rights and women's rights.

Aretha Franklin was born into a family of five in Memphis, Tennessee. After losing her mother at a young age, Franklin and her family followed their preacher father to Detroit, where he found national acclaim in the church. It was there that Franklin began performing, and the young star quickly became a child prodigy. In front of her father's congregation, Franklin would play piano and sing powerfully. Soon after, Franklin released her first recorded tracks, a small gospel album called Songs of Faith. She followed the success of her release on tour with gospel powerhouses such as Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson.

At just 14, Franklin gave birth to her first son. Several more children followed before the age of 20, yet the star did not stray in her path and raised the children while she toured and performed across the country. By 25, Franklin was enjoying international success after churning out a string of hit singles that were soon to become enduring classics. The ballads showcased her powerful voice and gospel roots in a pop framework.

Franklin's chart dominance soon earned her the title Queen of Soul, while at the same time she also became a symbol of Black empowerment during the civil rights movement. Watch the timeless star perform "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors below.



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