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The B-side, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", charted on the R&B side, and introduced a more gospel element to Franklin's developing sound.
The success of her debut Atlantic single led to her recording her first Atlantic album which includes the title song and its B-side along with additional songs recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios in New York, both originals and cover versions of well-known R&B songs including one which would become her signature tune.
Early motherhood derailed Franklin's gospel career, and when she returned to singing, she decided to secure herself a deal as a pop artist.
After being offered contracts from Motown and RCA, Franklin signed with Columbia Records in 1960.
Her next single, "Respect," written and originally recorded by Otis Redding, firmly launched Franklin on the road to stardom.
Franklin's feminist version of the song became her signature tune for life, reaching #1 on both the R&B the Pop charts—holding the top spot on the former chart for a record eight weeks.
(Pavarotti, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award that night, was too sick to attend.) She gave a soulful and highly improvised performance in the aria's original key, while firmly stamping out the year with a captivating performance during VH1's "Divas Live" telecast.
, an already out-of-print sales failure which included the Grammy-winning track "Wonderful".
She went on to win eight "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" awards in a row.Her recordings during that time reflected a jazz influence and moved away from her gospel roots.