Although it wasn’t a massive hit for Redding, it was an important song, earning him respect from the industry and paving the way for bigger success in his song writing and performing career. His version was from a man’s perspective, begging for his woman’s respect.
When Aretha recorded the song, she added quite a lot to it, changing it to represent a woman’s point of view, making it a big powerful anthem that was adopted by the feminist movement.
Take care TCB (take care of business) is a line contributed by Aretha’s younger sister, Carolyn who also sang on the record. Carolyn, like Aretha’s other sister, Erma also had a successful musical career although they never acquired the same level of stardom that Aretha did. Both of Aretha’s sisters have died.
Aretha Franklin once declared that Respect was so successful because everyone wants to be respected and can relate the lyrics.