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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Otis at His Peak

Otis Redding died in plane crash on this date in 1967--at height of popularity with "Dock of the Bay."  Here he is in famous performance at Monterey earlier that year.  It may surprise you that the first tune, "Shake," was written by the smoother Sam Cooke (reflecting Sam's gospel and soul roots).   Then Otis refers to "this girl" who took next song and made it a hit--Aretha, that is, with "Respect."  Then for this "love crowd" he does "I've Been Loving You Too Long."

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