Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' Celebrates 40th Birthday It has been 40 years since Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Respect" first topped the charts in June 1967. Four decades later, the song is still a hit.
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Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' Celebrates 40th Birthday

Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' Celebrates 40th Birthday

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Aretha Franklin, "Respect"
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It has been 40 years since Aretha Franklin's rendition of Respect first topped the charts in June, 1967. The song was adopted as an anthem by the civil rights and feminist movements, and it has been featured in dozens of movies and television shows. Four decades later, the song is still a hit.

Listen to interviews with Kelley Carter, music reporter of the Detroit Free Press, and Charlie Chalmers, who played saxophone on Aretha Franklin's recording of "Respect."

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