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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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I'm a 1958 baby and I grew up listening to all kinds of music but this is kind of my favorite John Cougar Mellencamp the favorite
Bringing back the 60's, great time to grow up
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 two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works
OTIS u did it again!!! Ty
Cool
my brotherinlaw david loves all otis re
Awesome music I love old school music
He was the greatest!
Love this song!! Great oldies.
OMG I LOVE YOUR MUSIC YOU DA' bomb man from kenz
AIN'T NOBODY BETTER THAN OTIS REDDING ,,,ETTAJAMED ,,,(KING ANDQUEEN)
Everyone needs someone to standby them beautiful song
Love Otis Redding cause sing from the heart u can feel the soul
Great song but it ended up getting me angry....DAM M I T KANYE YOU THIEF!!
Love This Song _ Otis Redding Miss You!
Get my little bit of OTIS
Great freaken song, a song never to forget
my moms fav song
i love you mom...rip
Unmatched and purely uncut soul
Im 13 and proud to say im beach finatic cause of my nana who sings this to me on the way to harkers island every year Otis Redding you fill my life with everlasting memories not every kid can say that bout beach music thats why its my kinda music cause its old and unique just like my heart which is an 80s heart in a 2002 kid :D
Otis Redding was the bomb! He sang the HELL out Satisfaction ! ! !
Why can't we together if our love String then I say I feel you with in me now close. BD
Why have u told me why not her bow you truly feel she loves you but she'll die before he tells her. She only wants to be with him hee light. ...
U still listen ? Yes!!!!!
May God keep u safe in His arms 4ever, Big O. 47 years ago 2day........ . : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( : ' ( . . . . . . . . .
Otis Redding is awesome
Change gonna come is my motivation when times are tuff with me
I remember Otis Redding and I was a little girl when he was killed in that plane crash in 67. Mom played his sings continually! ! Otis was the bomb! RIP Otis.
a601divaiam
A Change Is Gonna Come - yes it is. Never cease praying. In God's time.
muscle aches
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YES,THESE ARMS OF MINE R LONELY AND R WAITING TO HOLD U "MBS"
Good morning world. Sounds good Otis!
These great artists shame the current crop
Who doesn't love Otis?!!!! Love!
I loved the movie XD
Can't forget Otis. lol
Like !
Always I wanted him to hold me tight and never let go. But I not worthy for him.. I have nothing but love in my Love I'm not wealthy as he wants. ..
This song makes me cry and My family cry
Great Song and Otis Redding��
kevin-burns9
Siting on the dock of the bay!!Man Mr Otis R !,! Can keep going down this river at the DOCK!!pkb45
Love this song always
Otis, you sang my life. Feeling loved right now, and thank you my brother for this wonderful feeling today.
Come back
I fill you otis i need me somebody to treat me right
My family played this when i come up born 11-20-76 happy birthday 38
yes
Any thing by Otis Redding I love!!
Old school music!����
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