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December 10, 2007 12:35 PM   Subscribe

O-T-I-S R-E-D-D-I-N-G died 40 years ago today at the age of 26.
posted by tallthinone (26 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa.

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posted by miss lynnster at 12:43 PM on December 10, 2007


I think I forgot a few fa's. Whupps.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:44 PM on December 10, 2007


I've loved this man's music for years. I had no idea he passed away so young. That makes all he left us with even more impressive to me. Thanks for sharing these links.
posted by YFiB at 12:44 PM on December 10, 2007


...If you didn't go back to school this year, you're really not groovy...
posted by YFiB at 12:46 PM on December 10, 2007


I'd comment, but I can't get wifi on the dock of the bay.
posted by wendell at 12:47 PM on December 10, 2007


Damn, I had no idea that it was 40 years today. Thanks for this post.
posted by blucevalo at 12:50 PM on December 10, 2007


Newsfilter.
posted by telstar at 12:51 PM on December 10, 2007


Man, I could really go for like 40 more years of otis redding songs right about now.

Stupid Lake Monona. I am glad I peed in you that one time.
posted by milarepa at 12:56 PM on December 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


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Thanks, tallthinone! I can't view the links right now; I have a water bill to pay.
posted by kimota at 12:56 PM on December 10, 2007


I never realized that he was only 26 when he died. I guess I always figured he was late 30s? He has a lot of years in his voice.

"Shake" from his crazy-amazing Monterey set has to be one of the more joyous performances ever.
posted by thehmsbeagle at 12:59 PM on December 10, 2007


Interestingly, one of the band members on the plane that dived into Lake Monona survived the crash.
posted by lometogo at 1:01 PM on December 10, 2007


R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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posted by The Card Cheat at 1:02 PM on December 10, 2007


I initially read that as "Otis Redding died today". I didn't know he was dead.

But he certainly did sound a lot older than 26.
posted by cmgonzalez at 1:04 PM on December 10, 2007


Otis Redding & the Pinetoppers - Shout Bamalama (scroll down to 2nd set - Soul Caboose).
It doesn't get much better then that.
posted by Sailormom at 1:13 PM on December 10, 2007


My favorite O.R. recording is this, one side of a live album with Jimi Hendrix (!); I have the original LP buried somewhere. Looks like the material has been re-released in various forms: from the clip, it is apparently included in this but you have to shell out for some Scott McKenzie-Mamas and Papas-Association dreck along with it. The live version of "Try a little tenderness" -- greatest live pop concert song ever?
posted by cogneuro at 1:15 PM on December 10, 2007


Beneath the waves of Lake Monona lies the lost Otis Redding gold, still unclaimed by any man.
posted by mammary16 at 1:18 PM on December 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


ah thehmsbeagle beat me to it. There are live versions of "Tenderness" on YT too, although the ones I've heard are not the Monterrey version.
posted by cogneuro at 1:21 PM on December 10, 2007


His cousin's had a little trouble, too, lately.
posted by etaoin at 1:36 PM on December 10, 2007


His cousin's had a little trouble, too, lately.
posted by etaoin at 1:37 PM on December 10, 2007


Stupid Lake Monona. I am glad I peed in you that one time.

It's a perfectly nice lake that was just minding its own business that day. It's not like the lake reached up into the sky and pulled the plane down.

40 years ago: Otis Redding's death led to surreal day for promoter

Survivor Ben Cauley returns to Madison for first time since crash

Otis Redding remembered at Monona Terrace
posted by dhartung at 1:43 PM on December 10, 2007


Otis was the man.
posted by ersatz at 1:55 PM on December 10, 2007


This is good. This is much better than those posts that have a different link for every word. A link for every letter is a vast improvement. If someone could just do a different link for every different part of each letter of every word, I think the post would be even better.
posted by flarbuse at 2:04 PM on December 10, 2007



It's a perfectly nice lake that was just minding its own business that day. It's not like the lake reached up into the sky and pulled the plane down.


You think that because you live in what I call the reality-based community. Unfortunately for you things don't work like that anymore. I'm an empire now, and when I act, I create our reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will— I'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. I'm history's actor…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what I do.
posted by milarepa at 2:15 PM on December 10, 2007


A change is gonna come ... one of my all time favorites.
posted by rodo at 5:06 PM on December 10, 2007


Put me in the camp of people who had no idea that he was only 26. Hell, that's one year younger than the classic young rock death.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:52 PM on December 10, 2007


A change is gonna come ... one of my all time favorites.

Paging Sam Cooke...
posted by miss lynnster at 7:31 AM on December 11, 2007


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