Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Otis’ probably definitive and best known record. RIP Otis Redding, this was his last record.

Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Redding started writing the lyrics to the song in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California. He completed the song with the help of Cropper, who was a Stax producer and the guitarist for Booker T. & the M.G.’s. The song features whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore.

Source – Wikipedia

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Don Charisma

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Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

One of the best Aretha Franklin tracks ever made, another favourite of mine … 144 million views on YouTube, so I guess it’s quite popular with others too !

The second version is the “official” one (I think) … I couldn’t tell any difference in the audio between the two, and the first one, has some great photos of Aretha. So, I included both for you, you decide which one you want to listen to.

Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

“I Say a Little Prayer” also returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via a recording by Aretha Franklin taken from her 1968 album Aretha Now. Franklin and background vocalists The Sweet Inspirations were singing the song for fun while rehearsing the songs intended for the album when the viability of their recording “I Say a Little Prayer” became apparent, significantly re-invented from the format of the Dionne Warwick original via the prominence of Clayton Ivey’s piano work. Similar to the history of Warwick’s double-sided hit, the Aretha Franklin version was intended for the B-side of the July 1968 single release “The House That Jack Built” but began to accrue its own airplay that August. In October 1968 “I Say a Little Prayer” reached number ten on the Hot 100 and number three on the R&B singles chart. The same month the single was certified Gold by the RIAA. “Prayer” became Franklin’s ninth and last consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit on the Atlantic label. Franklin’s “Prayer” has a special significance in her UK career, as with its September 1968 No. 4 peak it became Franklin’s biggest UK hit; subsequently Franklin has surpassed that track’s UK peak only with her No. 1 collaboration with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

Source – Wikipedia

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Don Charisma

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Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

Hard To Handle – Otis Redding / The Commitments

Otis or The Commitments ?

“Hard to Handle” is a 1968 song written by American soul star Otis Redding along with Al Bell and Allen Jones. Originally recorded by Redding, it was released in 1968 as the B-side to “Amen” (shortly after the singer’s sudden death in 1967). The song also appears on the 1968 album The Immortal Otis Redding. Redding’s version reached #38 on the Billboard R&B charts and #51 on the pop charts.

Source – Wikipedia

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