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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
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<3 mmmmm yea!!
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One of the greatest OT REDDING that's what I use to call the man
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doramcwillia m s 1 9 8 1
Reminds me of my sisters playing this on 35 recorder player when I was younger. I miss you sisters RIP!
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Cant do what ten people tell me to do so I guess Ill remain the same
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Goin but never forgotten ™♥♥♥™
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I love Otis redding .
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Love listening to this type of music especially after you've received a broken heart, favorite song PAIN IN MY HEART.....
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You're in my heart FOREVER, Big O.
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Reminds me of my sister (tight after an historical elections perhaps the last deep conversation ) , she was so happy and I under hand leery!!-
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Another level of soul, heart, filling music. Love listening & always one of my fev.
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I'm letting u go, I want u to know! I still love u.
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He. Was. So. Good. He. Could. Just.look. At. U. &. Touch your. Soul. Tremendous. Keep. Singing. Otis. Rip
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News
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The voice of ottis redding still have a great memories bec ,,,mmo?ause of stax records
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Old school makes me happy
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I have been in love with my wife since I first laid eyes on her......and that was almost 50 years now.
You can almost make love on the dance floor, to this music. Mahalo Pandora for bringing this music to us.
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This song is the nuts!!
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I love old school.
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Really enjoy his music , so talented !! Otis always missed , Awesome guy !
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This is what my mama and daddy made me off of
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I love all of his music but I love, have been loving you too long I can't stop now I would play it every day ,I lov you otis
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Love you Otis.
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He had an awesome voice it almost seemed that he could feel you're paid and you could feel his. I'm getting all tearing eye just hearing him. That's the power of his voice.
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love his voice......s o sexy........ l i k e some one else ive heard
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knew nothing about Otis until my neighbor, Bob, rented it from the library for me. I really liked him and his songs.
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1tyme92
Open'up the mindtorealli t y
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��This is real music����
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A real soul man.Otis Redding defines that term for me.He reached his plateau at Monterey Pop Festival,rea c h i n g a new audience the he went home to God.Bless you soul man.
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ONE OF MY FAVORITE!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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JAL. Things will get better for you!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!
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If I recall correctly Otis Redding had a monster hit with (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bah and in the middle of it all died in a plane crash in Lake Mendota in Madison Wisconsin . What a shame. A great song.
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Awesome soul!!!
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porterranch8 1 8
u all suk
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One of the greatest....
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One of a kind!!!!!
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jackskelly11
This is the smooth sound of what music was meant to be!!
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my favorite artist
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heidi.mccaff r a y
The best
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Otis was the bomb
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Why are u gone from my life,the tears....... . .
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These arms of mine miss u ,I will miss u to the end
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dragonlady60 8 8
i love this song and otis. Xoxoxoxo
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I love him
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Otis put out some definitely hot, sexy music with that voice he had.
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THE MAN
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Otis was taken from to soon old man trouble said it all
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WOW I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG!! AND OTIS REDDING!!!!! !
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Otis knowns just how to put you in the mood for anything love to listen to him
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