That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role.
"Her pulse told me that she was not in surrender mode", he said. "Sorry. But if I were?" We're constantly debating how much we're worth, why we're worth that much, and how can we negotiate a better deal for this worth? Also, "Another knowledgeable source described her as "despising" everything he stood for, as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter".
In the years that followed the breakthrough of "Respect", Franklin's music would, like that of Wexler's other great recording project, Ray Charles, embody the full spectrum of American and American-influenced music.
To music writer Caryn Rose, Franklin's message in that song was deliberate.
Music culture owes Franklin a debt for bringing ecstatic pentecostal fervour to popular music, pushing the expressive boundaries of the contemporary singing voice.
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It wasn't exactly, shall we say, respectful.
In 1987, Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I had not been able to find any evidence since then that Franklin ever walked - or played - with Tiger Woods. It's a love song, of course. "It's an honor to have met her". She was overwhelmed from the first second.
For those curious as to how former President of the United States Barack Obama handled the news of Franklin's passing, here's what he tweeted out: "Aretha helped define the American experience. It's just sad that he has to go there, and attach her to himself".
"This is very personal for me, as you can probably tell", he said.
He said he would remember her humor and stubbornness. I think women have to be strong.
Franklin sang at the event, called "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul", but LaBelle and Franklin never shared the stage. The greatest gift for me was when I heard her sing 'Until You Come Back to Me.' Someone said on one of the channels yesterday that when she sings your song, she takes it, and you don't get it back. We could not forget you if we tried.
Grande was hesitant because she was afraid she might get emotional, according to reports. "And as long as we're together baby, show some respect for me".