This song hit the airwaves in 1967 and I probably heard it for the first time in 1968 when I was fourteen. This was at the apex of the largest civil rights movement our country has ever experienced: Women were burning their bras, students were taking to the streets demonstrating against the war in Vietnam, blacks were raising their fists, and everybody - I mean everybody - was getting stoned. And then along comes Aretha with that song and that voice! Man I tell you, it was heady stuff for a preppy little whitey like me, and I've never been the same since! Heh!