Thursday, December 10, 2009

Died on this date:

Otis Redding
Sept. 9, 1941-Dec. 10, 1967
(Age 26)

One of the greats of 60's R&B.  I wore out every Otis Redding record that I ever had and I had all of them. A voice so soulful and rich it was amazing that it came from a performer who was in his mid-20's.  His posthumous release, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" was his biggest hit, but the earlier stuff is the real R&B gold.  One of a kind.

From a common rock star death.  Small plane crash on the way to a gig.

This video is from the 1966 Stax-Volt European tour.  Yes, that is Booker T. on organ, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, Duck Dunn on bass and Steve Cropper on guitar.  The horn section is the Mar-Keys.  This is rock history, young'ns.

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