Barely Appreciated

RESPECT (The Vagrants)
“Respect”  is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965.  The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin.  The Vagrants, a Long Island, New York blue-eyed soul group recorded a version of “Respect” in 1967, which became a minor hit in the Eastern United States.   (More from Wikipedia)
Enough by Bohemian Vendetta got some local radio play and even had a spot on Dick Clark’s “Rate-a-Record” on American Bandstand.   This was, er, enough to get the band some better gigs; they opened for Vanilla Fudge and also another Long Island band the Vagrants.  (The Vagrants had a regional hit song with Otis Redding’s “Respect” before Aretha Franklin’s version of “Respect” propelled them from the charts; bandmembers included Leslie West, later a member of the hard rock band Mountain).
(April 2011)
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Felix Pappalardi, who produced Cream’s second through fourth albums and became almost a fourth member of the band, is actually from New York.  A classically trained musician, Pappalardi had previously worked with a Long Island garage rock band called the Vagrants and had them signed to Atco Records.  Their third single in 1967Respect became a hit on the East Coast, until Aretha Franklin released her version of the song, and that was the end of that. 


(May 2014)

Last edited: March 22, 2021