Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” Live 1967
45 years ago soul music lost the greatest soul singer ever… Otis Redding. Sam Cooke invented soul music, but Otis Redding took it to another level. When I was younger Otis was the singer that really captivated my interest in soul music. I remember when my mom first bought his album The Very Best of Otis Redding, when I was around 7 or 8 years old, and playing it on her new stereo system, I thought it really good, just old sounding lol. I remember some of the songs being familiar from Patrick Swayze’s Ghost film and always liking a few songs from it. Later on in my life, when I got around 19, I found my moms CD, and played it one morning driving to school, and I became obsessed with his work, playing that CD all day and night for like a whole summer, and eventually buying other CDs of his like Love Man, The Dock of the Bay, Pain in My Heart, and others. His album The Immortal Otis Redding was actually the first soul album I bought on vinyl when I was 19, for like $30 at Sundance Records in San Marcos, TX. Man, I remember being so excited to buy that record and play it on my turntables, that I didn’t care it cost so much. Otis Redding is the man who got me into soul music!
They’ll never be another Otis Redding!
Otis Ray Redding, Jr September 9, 1941 - December 10, 1967