Otis Redding – a personal appreciation


Otis was a legend before his time too… RIP, nice post.

Originally posted on writewyattuk:

WHEN I saw Noddy Holder recently, the former Slade frontman recalled how it was down to Little Richard that he got involved in music, something you could see in the way he always projected that mighty voice of his.

While I can’t deny Richard Penniman’s influence on so many ballsy rock’n’roll singers, it’s another native of Macon, Georgia – and another inspired by him – who did it for me, born nine years later in 1941.

There’s a thought. If Otis Redding had still been with us today, he’d only be in his early 70s. But he died aged just 26 in 1967 – when I was barely six weeks old. However, his influence lives on, and I’ve been wallowing in his wondrous back catalogue some time now.

It wasn’t until the early ’80s that I properly discovered all those classic Atlantic, Hi, Motown and Stax acts, and Northern Soul…

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