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Otis Redding

One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern "deep soul" -- hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads. He was also the most consistent exponent of the Stax sound, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update R&B into modern soul. His death at the age of 26 was tragic not just because he seemed on the verge of breaking through to a wide pop audience (which he would indeed do with his posthumous number one single "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay"). It was also unfortunate because, as "Dock of the Bay" demonstrated, he was also at a point of artistic breakthrough in terms of the expression and sophistication of his songwriting and singing.

Although Redding at his peak was viewed as a consummate, versatile showman, he began his recording career in the early '60s as a Little Richard-styled shouter. The Georgian was working in the band of guitarist Johnny Jenkins at the time, and in 1962 he took advantage of an opportunity to record the ballad "These Arms of Mine" at a Jenkins session. When it became an R&B hit, Redding's solo career was truly on its way, though the hits didn't really start to fly until 1965 and 1966, when "Mr. Pitiful," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Can't Turn You Loose," a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," and "Respect" (later turned into a huge pop smash by Aretha Franklin) were all big sellers.

Redding wrote much of his own material, sometimes with the assistance of Booker T. & the MG's guitarist Steve Cropper. Yet at the time, Redding's success was primarily confined to the soul market; his singles charted only mildly on the pop listings. He was nonetheless tremendously respected by many white groups, particularly the Rolling Stones, who covered Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "Pain in My Heart." (Redding also returned the favor with "Satisfaction.")

One of Redding's biggest hits was a duet with fellow Stax star Carla Thomas, "Tramp," in 1967. That was the same year he began to show signs of making major inroads into the white audience, particularly with a well-received performance at the Monterey Pop Festival (also issued on record). Redding's biggest triumph, however, came just days before his death, when he recorded the wistful "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which represented a significant leap as far as examination of more intensely personal emotions. Also highlighted by crisp Cropper guitar leads and dignified horns, it rose to the top of the pop charts in early 1968.

Redding, however, had perished in a plane crash in Wisconsin on December 10, 1967, in an accident that also took the lives of four members from his backup band, the Bar-Kays. A few other singles became posthumous hits, and a good amount of other unreleased material was issued in the wake of his death. These releases weren't purely exploitative in nature, in fact containing some pretty interesting music, and little that could be considered embarrassing. What Redding might have achieved, or what directions he might have explored, are among the countless tantalizing "what if" questions in rock & roll history. As it is, he did record a considerable wealth of music at Stax, which is now available on thoughtfully archived reissues. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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LOVE......th e r e are no words...
Love this song
Hot very
rawkn85
Great stuff but how it was added to my Jeff Buckley station is beyond me :)
209ricm
I got dreams to remember
Love me some Otis.
zzzs
This is for my JAL....Baby Baby Baby!!!! GOD BE WITH YOU!!!'
OTIS REDDING One of the BEST!!!!
ugenlewin
Best Of The Best...
Otis have that voice
Love Otis Redding
Great Singer Great Song
I Love to sing along with Otis on this song , Makes me feel Good!
Shake
And the best music in the world CHARLESBORDE L O N
You will be miss good music brother rest in peace forever
I been in most the States of the Union We Have the most beautiful Country on this planet earth . Each State is Beautiful in its on way . God Bless America
david.blahni k
I like his version of Merry Christmas Baby, more than Springsteens
,this arms of mind, let theme hold you! I'll treat u right! *,*
This goes out to them 60 baby's
rdistaola
You Have No Idea!
johnmousso42
One of the best ever written he is one of the singers that has ever been
Time for some Otis
Love This Song!!!!!!!
WHY CANT MUSIC NOW A DAYS BE LIKE THIS
C Rex ur right on the happy song
209ricm
Been loving you too long
209ricm
Try a little tenderness
I love this
You're Still My Baby song ..... Ahts wha' ah call soul in a bottle. Straight up. Permission to quote granted. Cee Rex 'ere.
The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De- D u m - D u m ) - The very definition of soul. Otis could make it bounce like the future of the planet depended on it. C. Rex
Otis Redding great Artist& Singer. For His times.
Can we ever comment enough on this, once in our life time voice.
I'm still listen Mom!!!! R.I.P. I miss u Mommy!!!
I have been loving u to stop now shanita j
Great, great voice unlike anyone else. Planes crashed way to often back then and he was one of the great talented people who we lost because of a plane crash, so sad. RIP Otis / Bar Kays
Great memories w this Classic Song !!!!
t_heath
Nice version of My Girl.....he had soul!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this don't stop. This is scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press F6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Love this man and his music....ama z i n g : )
blueyedmom00 7
Otis Redding...wh a t a voice with such deep soul. Music like his is long gone...so sad.
1 of the greatest of all times
Feelin just fine....��
Well before my time but being born late 70's I came to love music and he is one of my tops.
doc200
Runaway dell shannon
One of my teenage favorites from the 60s in UK. Stax and Motown reigned back then for me even better than Beatles, then Jagger came along ..ha..
Addplaylisto t i s r e d d i n g
Love this song my daughter's song
This is such a powerful song, its crazy how his emotions flow through every lyric. Love this.
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