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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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Track List: Live On The Sunset Strip

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The Best of Soul music was created when I was a young girl. That was when Soul music was the Best of all times. In my early twenties Rap music came out. I couldn't wait for that error of music to just go away. Sad to say it's still with use. In my error musicians sang there hearts out. That was the Best of times in Soul Music. Chow CJ
otis - another legend gone to soon - young people today have no idea what there missing
Da best
golddigger23 0 0
Try a little Tenderness people
Long Time coming,..(Bu t you left to soon!)R.I.P. boy!
taliacooke13
Sing!!!�����
lefty1943
Musicians and small planes don't seem to mix well.
LUV U, BIG O!!!!! :-) :'(:'(:'(:-)
Nothing better on a rainy Sunday
volmank
Otis u rock me
I still love Otis Redding after listening for more than 46 years. That's some great guitar work by the legendary Steve Cropper on Dock of the Bay too.
When these songs were new I was in my early teens .I remember we used to have 2pm to 6pm dance for young kids .It was the only time I get to hold my girl close , boy we used to grind until the party's over then go home and take a cool shower and wait for another party to get close again good old days
Try a little tenderness is one of his best I love it
RIP OTIS REDDING. WE LUV YOUR SONGS..
f**k prince royce.....
Sit on the bay
My man Otis was the best of his time
KD Baton Rouge la
How Do I Turn Off?
Noe Reyes Pinto!!!!!!
betachick160 2
He is a classic!
Strong evidence his plane was sabotaged because he was organizing artists.
Otis is boss
60 baby here I love it old memories mama daddy dancing to this music yessssss
These Arms Of Mine Live...can you feel the yearning??? Love Otis
the G.O.A.T.
my man on a blanket in the woods this music MMM
my man on a blanket in the woods this music MMM
omg I love the songs I only wish I could download them so I could listen to them where I didn't have internet signal.
omg I love the songs I only wish I could download them so I could listen to them where I didn't have internet signal.
my man on a blanket in the woods this music MMM
omg I love the songs I only wish I could download them so I could listen to them where I didn't have internet signal.
Talking bout my girl....
It plays him on the ac dc radio why?
Oh I love this Music ,,it brings Memories back
How do I turn off?
Sitting on the dock of the Bay.Wow does that bring back memories.
Wow every 60's 50's stars died in plane crashes 4 year earlier Paty Clien died in a plane crash buddy holly Ritchie Velens
cheri.rickar d 1 9 6 4
Agreed too soon (great lost of a great artist ) his music goes beyond ALL age groups !! AWESOME
To. Soon wow
I am a 60s gal grew up in UK and I was a huge Otis fan. I so wish I had never given away my Stax albums. No one sang w/more feeling.
falenis97
I am a 90s baby , and I just love the oldies
Otis`s music saved my life a few million times back in the day......... . . . . . . . : - ) :'(:-)
figuratively & literally!!! ! !
God bless you 4EVER, Big O, we miss you.
amandahawk27
Obviously a man singing this song!!
Awesome
No offense to 1D, Ed Sheeran, Devlin, and the Beatles but this guy is the best singer I've ever heard other then me
I can't not dance when listening!
It's the best, I love his music !!!!
Cant-stop-lo v e - l o v e


Love


Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is scary but it actually works!
his voice melts me, and builds me back up
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