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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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yes
Any thing by Otis Redding I love!!
Old school music!����
This is the only man that can make any one fill the fillings we all have.
Classic, can't get enough! Bring back memories.
walshy24007
just whistle
Luv it!
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Old school music
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 so don't stop. This is soscary 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.
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Pick a school day
5. Post this on 15 different songs and get asked out
Stretch 76 grown folks music
Soul that reaches my own soul. Brilliant
jtny786
Mr. Otis, the BEST, terrible loss. Otis Redding's Try a Little Tenderness has got to be one of the best soul renditions, EVER.
My wife and I walked out to John Lennon's version of this song at our wedding.This is simply one of the greatest songs ever written, and Otis' version does it justice
All good old it'
I love dis song but when ben e. King sings it
a601divaiam
I love this song! It's been a long time coming....bu t a change is coming. Waiting patiently. Love you and yours so much!
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Ready old school
All the good ones r gone
natividadgr
the greatest music ever back on the days,
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There is no one else like OtisRedding
Moma love his music
louieville9
Reminiscent of Grandma, Luv ya!
seshns.jgjg
One of the best to do it, rest in peace. Mr Otis Redding
Otis
paulsuhultz9 1 5 7
great music but a bit down, probably the mood I am in.another day
The only artist songs pick me up
So ....Prince Royce did an amazing remake of this ...and Sean Kingston too ...but my son. Mikey did this in a HS performance that floored everyone !!!! A very special song for me ....
The best deep soul voice ever...love his music.
Whoooooo sing it OTIS........ I love this song!
I've got sunshine on a cloudy day......tha t s right...this is whats up!!!!
dragonlady60 8 8
ONE OF THE GREATS... RIP OTIS
Otis Redding. Love This Song RIP
wxthrman
Too bad the first song i heard of his was " Stand By Me" my fav of his songs i love his music and wish he would have been able to create more wonderful songs from his amazing brain. RIP Otis Redding best singer and writer of the his time :,(
Rip T. Martin M. Brown Jamar Gardner an all the others that have been taken way too soon.
I use to do just what the song says till I met the most wonderful woman that came in my life
Love his music
Nowthi musicto my ear
MAGNIFIQUE !
My grandmother' s brought me up on good music like this
Change Gonna Come...love this song! No one does it like Otis!
big women are beutiful!! so thanks !! stuid ! hey ladies dint need to lose wait!!your beautiful the way look!!
Chingon puras rolitas chingonaaaaa s
Definitely one of the greatest singer that ever live...
jebjas
I think this is the Great Al Jackson on Drums. What a groove!! Love Otis...
You ever hear him sing White Christmas? It also is great!
ahopkins56
Isn't that a Sam Cooke tune?
Hey
Died too soon and sudden in 1968 I was 6 years old
Love him
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