09 September 2009

happy birthday to the king of soul


Otis Ray Redding, Jr.
September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967

In 1966, Britian's Melody Maker Magazine named Otis Redding International Male Vocalist of the Year, a distinction that for each of the previous ten years had been awarded to Elvis Presley. Although his career spanned less than seven years, Redding is still one of the most influential musicians of the last century. A note to any young talented musicians out there; perhaps consider a tour bus, instead of flying private, look for the top 5 musical careers ended in fiery plane crashes soon.

top 5 Otis Redding Songs

(sittin' on)the dock of the bay

The song that he is probably best known for. Recorded days before Otis and four members of his back up band the Bar-Kays died in a plane crash after playing his final show in Cleveland, Ohio. (More words of wisdom, stay out of Ohio, nothing good can come from visiting that putrid state.) Redding's only Billboard number one hit. Write this down:
"I can't do what ten people tell me to do
so I guess I'll remain the same"

respect

That fat turd Aretha Franklin had to steal this song and turn it into some "empowering women" anthem, and who ever wanted that? God damn liberal bitches. Rolling Stone Magazine named Aretha's version the #5 song on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The last line of the song, take care...tcb (taking care of business) was a rallying cry for the African-American culture of the 60's and 70's. TCB also became Elvis's motto, appearing on his neclace and even his private plane. At the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967, Redding laughingly introduced Respect as the song, "that little girl done stole from me, but I'm gonna sing it anyway."
you left the water running

Helping to prove my point, that everything in life relates back to High Fidelity: In the novel, and a deleted scene from the movie Rob goes to purchase the singles vinyl collection of a woman who's selling her husband's collection after he ran off with a 19 year old to Jamaica (good for him). When Rob refuses to take the bargain offer, citing - "I couldn't do that to another collector", the one single he asks to purchase - Otis Redding's You Left the Water Running.

i've been loving you too long

Yet another song that fat ass Aretha Franklin tried to steal and make her own, after she covered it on her 1972 album Young, Gifted, and Fat...I mean Black. After the Rolling Stones covered this classic in 1965, Redding returned the compliment covering (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and arguably doing it better than Mick Jager.

hard to handle

Although the Black Crowes cover of this song is probably more popular, as well as my drunken karaoke version from a vacation in Aruba, hands down the best Otis Redding song. Released after his death in 1968 as the b-side to Amen - the Crowes version reached #1 on the mainstream rock charts in 1990.
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle'
Cause mama I'm sure hard to handle, now, gets around

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