Friday, December 14, 2012
R-E-A-D-E-R-S deserve R-E-S-P-E-C-T
The one song most identified with Aretha Franklin is her 1967 hit "Respect" (which was originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965). Wikipedia says: "it was written by Redding for Speedo Sims, who intended to record it with his band, the Singing Demons. . . . Producer Jerry Wexler brought Redding's song to Franklin's attention. While Redding's version was popular among his core R&B audience, Wexler thought the song had potential to be a crossover hit and to demonstrate Franklin's vocal ability. "Respect" was recorded on February 14, 1967 with Aretha's sisters, Carolyn and Erma, singing backup. . . . Franklin's cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female", and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored Franklin's version by adding it to the National Recording Registry. It is number five on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts."
That's very impressive.
The lyrics, directed by a woman to a man, include this line: "All I'm askin' is for a little respect" and this one: "Ooh, your kisses, Sweeter than honey, And guess what, So is my money."
That sentiment could be directed by readers who spend money on books and get no R - E - S - P - E - C - T.
The ugh-lee cover of by Juliet Dillon Clark is an insult to its readers. I don't care if a book sells for just 99 cents, the author has to have in the appearance of her product and for her readers.