Almanac Music: Otis Redding – The King of Soul

 

 

I came across this clip on FaceBook of Otis Redding performing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival six months before his untimely death in a plane crash.

 

Watching the clip, I found myself thinking what a tragic loss his early death was; he was only 26, he had the world at his feet, his music was sensational, and his market was beginning to extend beyond the black music market.

 

Hard to believe this performance in the clip, which is part of the movie made of the Monterey Pop Festival, was performed 55 years ago. The music still sounds fantastic, he is at the top of his game in his field, and what a performer.

 

Enjoy this clip.

 

 

Here is a playlist of some of his best known songs.

 

 

 

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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.

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