I have listened to a lot of music in my life. When a person listens to that much music, it is easy for it to blend together into one big jumble. Because of this, it takes something or somebody really special to stand out above everything else.
When it comes to singing, soul singer Otis Redding is the best I have ever heard. He conveyed emotion better than any other singer. It does not matter whether it was joy or pain; Otis brought it forward with purity. And not many other singers have done that.
Beginning in 1963, when he released the single 'These Arms of Mine,' it became clear that he was somebody special. Of course, his career would not last long. He died in a plane crash in December 1967. Fortunately he left us with a lifetime's worth of music.
For anybody looking for an introduction to his music, I recommend The Best of Otis Redding that was originally released in 1972. It is fairly comprehensive. It includes his most well-known songs as well as other essential songs.
'I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now)' and 'Respect' both made the top 40 on the pop chart that year. Of course, Aretha Franklin would have much more success with 'Respect' two years later. However, at this point,
In 1966, 'Try a Little Tenderness,' 'Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),' and his version of The Rolling Stones 'Satisfaction' all made the top 40. Not huge hits, but good enough to keep the momentum going.
As a lifelong Tennessean, it is cool that most of his record making took place in
By January of the following year, he would have his only number one hit on the pop chart with '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.'