Introduced by one the Rolling Stones' signature fuzzy chord riffs, "Start Me Up" rode a leeringly enthusiastic, ready-for-anything Mick Jagger vocal to become the band's biggest hit of the 1980s. It started as a reggae song way back in 1975, getting reworked into a rocker at the Some Girls sessions before finding a place on 1981's Tattoo You. "When they started playing it this time, it wasn't a reggae song, it was what we know today as the great 'Start Me Up,'" said Some Girls engineer Chris Kimsey in Keith Richards's autobiography Life. "It was Keith's song; he just changed it."
Aretha Franklin went into Atlantic Records' New York studio on Valentine’s Day, 1967, with the idea to remake the then-two-year-old Otis Redding track “Respect.” Producer Jerry Wexler brought in musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and celebrated sax man King Curtis; Aretha’s sisters, Carolyn and Erma, provided backing vocals; Arif Mardin arranged and Tom Dowd engineered. Mardin summed up the feeling of the day: “I have been in many studios in my life, but there was never a day like that. It was like a festival. Everything worked just right.” Aretha and Carolyn Franklin came up with the idea to spell out the word respect in the bridge and to add the “sock it to me” chant at the end. “I fell off my chair when I heard that!” said Dowd. To clarify, that often-misunderstood line is “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, take care, T.C.B.,” where T.C.B. stands for “take care of business.”