Friday, November 30, 2007

Otis Redding

A little tribute… Monday, December 10th will mark the fortieth anniversary of the death of soul musician Otis Redding. The 26-year-old singer and six other travelers were killed in plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin. Only one passenger survived the crash, and all but two members of Redding’s band The Bar-Kays were killed. Otis wrote and performed songs such as “(Sitting on) the Dock of the Bay”, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, and my personal favorite “That’s How Strong My Love is”. The soulful lyrics, and passion with which Otis delivered them, earned him tremendous fame and serious recognition. Rolling Stone named him #21 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” No artist, in my mind, has come close to emulating the music Otis created in his too brief six year career. Otis Redding’s music was, and always will be, truly one of a kind. December 10th, take a minute to think about Otis, and give a little thanks for the music he gave us. If you’re not familiar with Otis Redding…download him. You will not be sorry!!!

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