Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Recently Played: Otis Redding

Not to turn things too morbid here, after that Stockhausen post, but I think it's worth mentioning that yesterday (as in Monday) marked forty years since Otis Redding's premature death. It seems that with every soul legend's death comes some great mystery, but in this case I tend to think - or, maybe, choose to think - that the mystery is mostly hype. At the very least, the circumstances of his death and questions associated with it are, to me, far less interesting than the pop music F.A.Q., What would Otis have recorded after "Dock of the Bay"? A whole lot of "who knows," that. But sticking to what we do know, please enjoy a couple early Otis slices:

Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine (1964)
Otis Redding - Come To Me (1965)

May lightning strike me if I'm mistaken, but I believe "These Arms of Mine" was his first solo track. I couldn't swear that this version, taken from his debut album Pain In My Heart, is the original version but, I dunno, do me a favor and just pretend....

1 comment:

Mark said...

Hey Chris, I will really show my age... but I remember well when Otis went down during my college years, just at the height of his music.