This video, for the purpose of music history and education, is a tribute to Otis Redding's career in the '60s. "Your One And Only Man" is on the album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads which was released in March 1965 on Volt/ATCO records. Volt Records was a subsidiary of the Memphis, Tennessee based Stax records, a label that produced rhythm and blues, soul, funk, jazz, and blues. Otis Redding became Stax's biggest star. The albums were released by ATCO, his first album being Pain In My Heart (1964), which included four successful singles.
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. His family then moved to Macon, Georgia where Little Richard was also a resident. He said of Little Richard, "If it hadn't been for Little Richard, I would not be here. I entered the music business because of Richard -- he is my inspiration. I used to sing like Little Richard, his Rock 'n' Roll stuff, you know. Richard has soul, too. My present music has a lot of him in it."
After winning several local talent contests, Redding became the vocalist with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers that was based in the South. During the end of that group's period Redding recorded the song "These Arms Of Mine" in 1961 and released in 1962 which became a minor hit single on Volt Records and was later added to his first album. Redding continued to release for Stax/Volt and built his fan base by extensively touring with support from fellow Stax artists Sam & Dave. Further hits between 1964 and 1966 included "Mr. Pitiful", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Try A Little Tenderness" (a remake of the 1930s standard by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell, and Reg Connelly, later featured in John Hughes' film Pretty in Pink), "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones), and "Respect", which he wrote and later became a smash hit for Aretha Franklin.
Redding wrote many of his own songs, which was unusual for the time, and often with Steve Cropper (of the Stax house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s, who usually served as Otis's backing band in the studio). Soul singer Jerry Butler co-wrote another hit, "I've Been Loving You Too Long". One of Redding's few songs with a significant mainstream following was "Tramp", (1967) a duet with Carla Thomas.
On June 17, 1967 Redding performed at the large and influential Monterey International Pop Festival. His extraordinary musical gifts were then exposed to a wider audience and may have contributed to his subsequent success as a popular recording artist. Redding was known for his creative improvisations in live performances and warm and whimsical personality. Redding created a body of work in five short years that showed a vivid vision of himself, and his popularity and appreciation of his music has endured over the decades. His final recording of "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" recorded in November 1967 and finished on December 8, 1967 showed the direction Redding was blossoming into. It marked a new direction for the singer toward a soul-folk-pop synthesis that drew from such influences as Bob Dylan and the new breed of performers at the Monterey Pop Festival. Tragically, he died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin when he was only 26 years-old. "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" was posthumously released on the album Dock Of The Bay in January 1968. It became the first posthumous hit single in U.S. chart history at a time when Redding was on the threshold of super-stardom. The song went on to earn worldly success and won two Grammys and was also later covered by many popular artists and bands. His last two posthumous hit songs in 1969 were "Love Man" (#17 R&B) and "Free Me" (#30 R&B).
Redding was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989. In his short career he left behind a significant number of recordings, many songs that were self-penned, and was often called the "The Prince of Soul" or the "King Of Soul." He has received many posthumous awards and honors, some shown in this video.
Music Hound Rock --The Essential Album Guide, 1999, Shirmer Trade Books
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