Friday’s Endnotes – 08/17/18

How Aretha Franklin Earned ‘Respect’ by Flipping Gender Roles — “Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ is one of the most iconic songs of all time. When it was released in 1967, it topped both the Billboard Pop Singles and Black Singles charts. In 1968, it earned two Grammys: ‘Best Rhythm & Blues Recording’ and ‘Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.’ It was adopted as a soundtrack by both the civil rights and feminist movements. And in 2002, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry. This last distinction marks the song as ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important’ for eternity. Enough said.” Aretha Franklin dead at 76: SiriusXM pays tribute to the ‘Queen of Soul’ — Here’s the best way SiriusXM can pay tribute to Franklin: pay her the same royalties that artists who recorded after 1972 get. There is no reason artists like…

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