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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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Comments

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.
Dock of the Bay has such a feel to it. Do any songs today have a feel?
Soul Burst
Gone too soon, a voice for the ages
keirtavares5
Excellent
Franlklin Beverly and maxe
Miss
You
Soulful
Song
Great musician. Love his voice,
Luv u, Otis!!!!!
48 yrs......... s t i l l cry sometimes... . . . . . . . : ' ( : - ) :'(
O dog!!
Great great
Love this Song!!!! Otis Redding
Legend
My granddaddys cousin
nobody says it better... try a little ..
exnicious22
Planes sucked back then because too many great people were lost in them - RIP Otis Redding
Really?
regaldb
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 see 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 bug letters this is so scary because it actually works.
G'BABY. I will baby
Good morning pandora& my man Mr. OTIS REDDING!!! What a way to start my day. Don't like raining days & Mondays. But today THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES play for National Championship
solandnoopti o n s
I shall hum this melody every time I'm in an elevator...
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.
a601divaiam
A change is coming. I have FAITH in GOD above that it's coming!!!!!
Slapper
He so damming handsome. ..And very talented. ..
I love this song i with music like this come back
This one goes out to my momma. A change is gonna come. I love you.
MAGNIFIQUE ! ! !
I can't help but to remember Otis because my family played this type of music everyday morning to night
I don't remember Otis Redding, but his music lives on! He was amazing!
This song so cool I love it old school is the best.
a601divaiam
A Change Is Gonna Come...I'm praying for a change...a good Blessed happy loving change
Blue
209ricm
Try a little tenderness
OK song
MY GIRL!
They don't make 'em like this anymore
MARAVILLOSA SONG JEJEJE
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