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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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Im sitting just wasting time and i like it.
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This is deep...
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Thank you Otis Redding
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I got so much oldies in me if you like oldies you just let me no I can get it
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Good morning, What a good way to get my day started. OTIS
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Luv sitten on the Dock OF BAY.
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Sitting on the dock of bay....
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Can't express appreciation for his talent with out grieving for the loss.
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209ricm
Sitting in the morning sun
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lynnejj
john lennon
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Likely the steamiest version of this steamy song. Miss you, Mr. Redding.
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We missed you very much ottis.
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Everyday, he gets my attention. Love that voice. Sure do try to sing like OTIS
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My favorite I'm a young heart with an old soul
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Otis Redding....o n e of the greatest of our time
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Love!!
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I love Otis Redding, that voice!
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Love smh RIP
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Love This Song It's GREAT!!!!!
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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 be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually worksDon't read this because it ac
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(Sittin on) the dock of the bay
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Great Song! Otis Redding. Was So Great!!!!
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Rest in peace Otis.
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Why did these folks have to leave us so soon? It is what it is........




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You'll forever be remembered in our hearts and minds, Lonnie Manning Jr , my best friend, Rest in Peace
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So much soul for a 26 year old
Gone way too soon
Awesome music and voice
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OTIS, talk to me. One of the best in my music library.
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OMG!!!!!Wine drinkn time hold yo baby kinda music....#$l o w Groove....
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Too hot for me.
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LOVE......th e r e are no words...
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Love this song
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Hot very
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rawkn85
Great stuff but how it was added to my Jeff Buckley station is beyond me :)
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I got dreams to remember
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Love me some Otis.
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This is for my JAL....Baby Baby Baby!!!! GOD BE WITH YOU!!!'
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OTIS REDDING One of the BEST!!!!
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ugenlewin
Best Of The Best...
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Otis have that voice
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Love Otis Redding
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Great Singer Great Song
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I Love to sing along with Otis on this song , Makes me feel Good!
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Shake
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And the best music in the world CHARLESBORDE L O N
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You will be miss good music brother rest in peace forever
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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
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david.blahni k
I like his version of Merry Christmas Baby, more than Springsteens
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,this arms of mind, let theme hold you! I'll treat u right! *,*
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