Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You: Aretha Franklin Respect Lyrics

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin


The musical industry will show their respect to deserving musical artists during the annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012. As the artists exit the stage, gramophone in hand, ready to hit the late night party scene, perhaps they should pause to recognize two musical greats, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin who helped pave the way.

One great artist, Aretha Franklin has received some press lately, not because of a new musical release, but because of her recent bout with an undisclosed illness. Franklin, 68, underwent surgery in a Detroit area hospital on December 2, 2010. She has been mum on the reason for the surgery, only disclosing to JET Magazine, a few weeks later that "she feels great" and is grateful her condition was discovered.

What you want baby. I got it.

What you need? You know I got it.

All I'm askin is for a little respect.

When you get home


Find Out What It Means to Me


Take care, TCB

You may remember the slight flap that started at the 2008 Grammys after, Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as "the Queen." Franklin, who was dubbed, The Queen of Soul, long before Beyonce sang "To The Left" with her dismissive flip of the hand, took umbrage at the perceived slight.

Perhaps she was justified. After all, she has captured 20 Grammys with 20 (count 'em) No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and 45 songs in the top 40. Her singles have sold millions and she has had ten No. 1 R&B albums.

Franklin, the daughter of a Baptist minister, lost her mother when she was ten. Like other great gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson and Albertina Walker, she often graced the choir box with ringing gospel selections. She released her first album, Songs of Faith, at 14.

One of Franklin's earlier hits, RESPECT, was originally recorded by Blues artist, Otis Redding in 1965. Franklin adapted the original version by adding a bridge and some lines. Although, this song was original crooned by Redding in an attempt to gain respect from women, Franklin's version became a feminist call to action. In the lyric, "Take Care, TCB," TCB stands for taking care of business.

Respect is No. 5 on Rolling Stone's compilation of the 500 Greatest Songs and it is listed on the Recording Industry of American and National Endowment for the Arts, Songs of the Century list.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston fans were ecstatic when she dumped Bobby (Brown) and announced she was back. Millions had followed the rather sordid tale of Whitney, Bobby and drugs -- a tale many feared would end with a tragic end.

Whitney, a cousin of Dionne Warwick and daughter of gospel singer, Cissy Houston, and God-daughter to Aretha Franklin, had rocketed to the superstar universe early in her career. Her debut album, Whitney Houston would become the best selling debut album for a female as of its 1985 release.

Houston went on release multiple top selling singles and would appear in The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. Of course, she played a musical superstar and the soundtrack from that movie would later receive a Grammy for 1994 Album of the Year. Although, her acting abilities were largely panned and she was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Actress, the movie was a commercial success. One single, I Will Always Love You, had actually been previously recorded by another musical diva, Dolly Parton. But Houston's version would go on to become the best selling single by a female artist. Like Franklin, she was deemed royalty and crowned, Queen of Pop, by adoring fans and musical patrons.

She married, Bobbie Brown, the front man for the musical group, The New Edition, in 1992 and later they had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. Then the weirdness began. Reportedly, she and Bobby were forsaking a musical high for a high induced by illegal and prescription drugs. Houston began to miss engagements and when seen in public, she presented a frightening thin frame and shaky vocals. Years of controversy followed with a couple of publicized domestic abuse incidences. And now, the only gigs Bobby seemed to get were his court appearances for child support issues with former partners. Whitney was a no show for a performance at the 2000 Academy Awards. The Show said she was fired; her people said she was having problems with her throat . . . . ahem . . . and couldn't perform.

Houston would divorce Brown in April 2007. When her musical muse, Clive Davis, re-presented her back to the world in March 2007, her fans awaited her new album and musical resurgence. The album, I Look to You, was released in August 2009; it opened at No. 1 in the Billboard Top 200 and would later receive platinum status (more than one million US sales). .

She would began a World Tour entitled Nothing But Love. As she moved from venue to venue, singing her million selling classics, reports of blown notes and shaky performances had some of her fans not showing the love. Complaints from disappointed fans and scathing critic reviews began to follow her circuit. Apparently, Houston could no longer command the spectacular range and power for which she had become famous.

Whitney Houston and daughter, Bobbi Kristina
Whitney Houston and daughter, Bobbi Kristina

But Still She's Spectacular

Houston's mezzo-soprano voice has earned her over 411 awards, including two Emmys, six Grammys, 16 Billboard Music, and 22 American Music awards. She has sold over 55 million albums in the US and is listed as the fourth best selling female artist by the Recording Industry Association. She has costarred in several movies including The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife and Cinderella, where she played the Fairy Godmother and Brandy was cast as Cinderella.

Houston's Albums

  • Whitney Houston
  • Whitney
  • I'm Your Baby Tonight
  • My Love Is Your Love
  • Just Whitney
  • One Wish: The Holiday Album
  • I Look to You

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead on Saturday, February 11, 2012. She was 48 years old. Houston had just attended a pre-Grammy party in anticipation of the 54th Grammy Awards to be broadcast on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Whitney Houston was discovered by her bodyguard. Apparently, she was found in the bathtub and initial sources say the cause of death was drowning; however, an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of her demise. Rest in peace, Whitney. The world will miss your soaring voice.

Have They Earned Respect?

Franklin and Houston have impacted the musical and social climate worldwide. Franklin was the first female artist inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And, along with uniting feminists, Respect, would become a rallying cry for the Civil Rights Movement.

Houston is credited with helping breach the musical color divide for African-American female singers. Her music found a large crossover audience and her videos were some of the first to receive heavy playtime on the MTV channel, along with those of Michael Jackson.

Houston has founded The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children; this foundation raises funds for homelessness and helps support children with cancer or other diseases.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in December. Whitney Houston does not even compare to her..

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ExpandYourMind 5 years ago from Midwest USA Author

Mrs. J.B, I understand that diagnosis was reported, but denied by the Franklin camp. If it is true, let's pray she makes a full recovery. No doubt there are those who agree with your assessment of the comparison. Thank you for your comments.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

You are absolutely welcome. Oh and I want to apologize for not putting your name on my Hub Sunday Walk Of Fame. You will be on the Shout Out List next Sunday!!!

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ExpandYourMind 5 years ago from Midwest USA Author

JB, as long as it's not the Walk of Shame :). Thank you for your consideration. I will check it out.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Shame NEVER!!!!!

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SUSIE42 5 years ago

Love Aretha Franklin. I hope she fully recovers.

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ExpandYourMind 5 years ago from Midwest USA Author

Yes, she's musical royalty. Thanks for stoppingin Susie42.

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donnatru 5 years ago from Danville, IL

Thank you for this great hub about great music. I do so appreciate all the information and gifts of music you give to readers!

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Another great hub ExpandYourMind! I love these ladies. I'm really fond of Aretha Franklin. Thank you for this one!

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