Musical palate cleanser, way too young edition

The late, great Otis Redding, gone way too soon.

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16 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, way too young edition

  1. UnderDog68

    He died 11 months before I was born….but as I grew up, I had an extensive musical education from my hippie-generation parents…which included plenty of Otis Redding.

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  2. Rusty

    Had no idea he was from Dawson

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  3. Normaltown Mike

    Hey, if you are ever driving from middle Georgia down to Macon, make sure to take the Gray By-Pass so you can enjoy the recently dedicated “Otis Redding Bridge”

    https://www.41nbc.com/2017/09/23/otis-redding-memorial-bridge-unveiled-jones-county/

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  4. Salty Dawg

    I always enjoy reading about Steve Cropper sharing the backstories about writing The Dock of the Bay with Otis and producing it. I

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  5. Muttley

    One December evening in 1987 I found myself chatting about Otis with a record store employee I was always friendly with- anyone remember Music Music Music in Buckhead? The guy there had known Otis when they were kids and he came up when we were discussing Macon.

    When I got home and flipped on the news there was Otis’ plane, in black and white- it was the twentieth anniversary. So eerie. Stuff like that happens to me constantly.

    In 2010 I had some business in Madison- a beautiful town full of great folks, and I had some people I met there drive me to the crash site. It seemed necessary, as a fellow Georgia cracker. I sat on a bench overlooking the lake, next to a nice monument they have for him, and paid my respects to an amazing life and an unfitting end. The engine is still down there.

    I have every studio and live album through “DOtB” (posthumously released) and much more. One hell of a performer.

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    • Macallanlover

      Where exactly is that crash site? Cannot believe he was just 26, so much great music by that age, that sounds magnificent 51 years later.
      Almost every Otis song on my Spotify playlist is from the Live in Europe album, nothing touches those versions, imo. Most played album in my college days, and not close. No party went without it being played.

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      • Muttley

        Lake Monona in Madison, near the edge of town. It’s actually easy to identify the pretty exact spot. There’s sort of a pavilion overlooking it, with his monument there. It’s a really pretty place, with that horribly sad connection. I was also shown the club where he was supposed to play; looked pretty small, as I recall.

        He was also pretty hot at Monterey and at the Whisky!

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        • Macallanlover

          Thanks. You could great talent those days at very small venues. Money was totally different for live performances in the 60s and early 70s. Places like National Guard armories and warehouses could justify acts with artists that had top hits on the charts for like $5 admission.

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  6. Uglydawg.

    Guys, she’ll fall in love with you if you slow dance to “I’ve been loving you too long” and follow it up with, “I Have Dreams to Remember”
    Even if you’re ugly.
    Otis is your friend.
    He was the greatest.

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  7. Black Irish

    I read somewhere that he never got to hear the finished version of “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay.”
    It’s very sad to think he never heard the finished song that he will probably be most remembered for.

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    • Muttley

      Some of the alternate takes are out there, with him and Cropper. I think the whistling was a final touch, thought of late. Lots of laughing, a happy session.

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  8. ilini84

    Ya’ll need to dig Tramp with Otis and Carla Thomas (the daughter of Rufus “walking the dog” Thomas”. “you wear divine shoes”! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKlCA0-Arks

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    • Uglydawg.

      “You know what Otis?, You’re country. You’re straight from the Georgia woods”
      “That’s all right. That’s good”.
      Great song.

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  9. ilini84

    Bovine shoes!

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  10. whb209

    That was the rap being player in the athletic dorm from 1966 (or before) through 1968 (maybe after). It is still played at my house. Otis was the man.

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