Otis Redding

In the annals of rhythm and blues, few artists are as deserving of the kind of admiration and love that Otis Redding has commanded since he first came to the attention of the mainstream music-buying public in 1963. Almost as soon as his initial recordings for Stax Records became available to avid R&B fans in Europe, Otis Redding became a prime influence for groups like Small Faces.

It was European audiences who first demonstrated their true respect for Redding; in September 1966, the No. 1 rated British television music show “Ready Steady Go!” was dedicated to Otis and when he returned some six months later with fellow artists for the Stax/Volt Revue (including Booker T. & The MGs and The Mar-Keys who provided musical backing at the studios in Memphis where Otis recorded), Otis enjoyed night after night of standing ovations in cities like London, Paris and Stockholm.

Upon his return to the U.S., after being named “No. 1 Male Vocalist” in Britain’s “Melody Maker” poll, Otis was booked for the Monterey Pop Festival, sharing the stage with popular rock, pop and folk acts of the day such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. On that June 1967 night, backed by the MGs, Otis Redding performed before his largest audience ever, some 30,000-strong, making musical history as the virtual highlight of the entire three-day festival.

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