Sunday, September 24, 2017

Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (Volt)

Georgia-birn and raised Otis Redding left school at the age of 15 to support his family, working as a member of Little Richard‘s backing band The Upsetters, and performing at talent shows. He would soon establish himself as a seminal artist in Soul and Rhythm and Blues, gifted with a powerful singing style.
By late 1966, he came back to the Stax studio, eventually recording a cover version of the 1932 Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods co-penned ‘Try A Little Tenderness, despite the publishers attamepts to stop him from recording it from a “negro perspective”, turning it into what’s considered as his signature song, backed with Booker T & The M.G.’s, with arrangement work courtesy of Isaac Hayes
Taken into touring activities along with the Bar-Kays backing him, and using Redding‘s Beechcraft H18 to go from a place to another, they got caught up by bad forecast conditions on Dec. 10, 1967 while on their way to Truax Field in Madison, WI which they never reached. The plane crashing into Lake Monona, 4 miles away from their destination, with the only survivor being Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley.
‘The King Of Soul’, as nicknamed by James Brown and Sam Cooke, was 26…

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