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Soul music derives from church music, and no singer took the fervour of the Southern pulpit to the secular stage like Otis Redding. This primer gathers up the best of his songs, both the chastising vamps over which he rants and roars (“Mr. Pitiful,” “Respect”) and the slow-baked ballads that reach feverish intensity the longer Otis testifies (“My Lover’s Prayer,” “Try a Little Tenderness”). The promise of salvation is always to be found in the healing fire of his voice.


Born: September 09, 1941 in Dawson, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s

One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern "deep soul" -- hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads. He was also the most consistent exponent of the Stax sound, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update R&B into modern soul. His death at the age of 26 was tragic not just because he seemed on the verge of breaking through to a wide...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Soul
  • Released: Sep 03, 2002

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