Season 2, Episode 4

Tom Dowd

S2E4: Tom Dowd

Hello music lovers and welcome to Pops & Clicks, the podcast that’s all about the music.

Imagine you were responsible for a hit record and no one knew your name.  OK, now imagine you were involved in hundreds of hit records and no one knew your name.  This week, we’ll talk about the hundreds of records engineered and produced by Tom Dowd…a name we hope you’ll never forget.

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The Flip Side


Play Off

This episode’s Play Off is the song “Respect”, written and first recorded by the incomparable Otis Redding in 1965.  Engineered by Tom Dowd during one of his many trips to Memphis and Stax Records. 

“Respect” by Otis Redding

Two years later, Tom once again found himself in the engineering chair while recording Aretha Franklin’s first album for the Atlantic label.  While “Respect” was a staple of her live shows, this was her first recording of the song.  Aretha flipped the gender of the lyrics and created an empowering statement for women everywhere. A true masterpiece.  

“Respect” by Aretha Franklin

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