''This song is an ongoing blessing in my life. It was one of the battle cries of the civil rights movement. The song took on monumental significance.'' - Aretha Franklin
''It was the need of a nation, the need of the average man and woman in the street, the businessman, the mother, the fireman, the teacher. Everyone wanted respect. - Aretha Franklin
"That's one of my favorite songs because it has a better groove than any of my records. It took me a whole day to write it and about twenty minutes to arrange it. We cut it once and that was it. Aretha has taken that song from me. Ain't no longer my song. From now on, it belongs to her." - Otis Redding
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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