Miranda Lambert Tributes Aretha Franklin With Feminist ’60s Hit [Watch]
The music world fell into a state of mourning when Aretha Franklin—otherwise known as the Queen of Soul—died at the age of 76 on Thursday (Aug. 16). Many artists playing live in the aftermath of her passing chose to honor her with cover versions of some of her biggest hits, including Miranda Lambert, who gave an emotional tribute that night in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lambert didn't choose one of Franklin's more obvious crowd-pleasers; instead, she brought out a version of the subtly feminist "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" from 1967, a song calling for equal respect between the sexes in a relationship (it contains, memorably, such lyrics as "A woman's only human/This you must understand/She's not just a plaything/She's flesh and blood just like her man").
Lambert gave the complex composition all of her strength and finesse, making it more than a fitting farewell to the vocal icon.
Although the song may not be as well-known as some of Franklin's other smash hits such as "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," or "Chain of Fools," it's been admirably represented in the country world over the decades—with Kitty Wells, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, and Martina McBride all trying their hand at it.
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