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      25.10.2001 22:11
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      Otis Redding was born in 1941, he was one of the greatest ever soul singers, and also the most popular black act of his time, with the exception of James Brown. He was a great songwriter, who was influenced by Little Richard and Sam Cooke. His first release, was "These Arms Of Mine", which was a rhythem and blues record, and this was released in 1963, amazingly it only reached number twenty in the charts. During Otis's short life he had a least fifteen rythem and blues hits, most of these made it into the Top Ten. He had a hit with the Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction" in 1966, however personally I didn't think it was as good as the Stones version. He co-wrote lots of records, including "Mr Pitiful" with Steve Cropper, "I've been Loving You Too Long" with Jerry Butler and "Respect" which ended up being a massive hit for Aretha Franklin. In 1967 he appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival, and from it came the LP Ottis Redding/Jimi Hendrix Experience. The festival insired him to write his most popular record "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay", which went to number one in 1968. On the way to a gig in 1967 his plane crashed, into the water of one of the Madison Lakes, killing him and four other members of his backing group The Bar-Kays. Otis will always be remembered for his fantastic singing skills, and his songwriting ability. My favourite Otis songs are "Cigarettes and Coffee", "Try a Little Tenderness", and "These Arms of Mine"

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