We all have hobbies and activities we enjoy. For me, I have had a lifelong appreciation of music and the people that create this special type of art.
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. Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of his death, so his talent has been on my heart in recent days.
He conveyed emotion better than any other singer. It does not matter whether it was joy or pain; Otis brought it forward in 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. The plane crash that took his life happened only four years later. 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, and it includes his most well-known songs as well as other essential tunes.
'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.
I am a lifelong Tennessean, and it is especially satisfying that most of his record making took place in
Though music made by African-Americans at that time was being dominated by Motown in
He had to have known that this performance could propel his career to places it had never been. Whatever the case, he delivered a remarkable performance.
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.'
With Christmas approaching, a good gift for any music lovers in your life would be a CD by
A person cannot go wrong listening to his music.