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Magma pay tribute to Otis Redding as only Magma can. [slyt]
posted by mediocre on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 comments

Memphis's finest, in top form

Fans of classic southern R&B and soul, and I'm talking the Stax variety, should get down on their knee and genuflect toward Norway, and then sing the praises of the BBC down every corner and alleyway of the city of Memphis. Why? Well, for hosting and for documenting a sweaty, burning, solidly funky evening back in 1967: Otis Redding & Friends Stax Volt Revue
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2014 - 28 comments

Music for New Year's Eve

ABBA - Happy New Year, Wendy & Lisa - The Closing Of The Year, Otis Redding & Carla Davis - New Year's Resolution, Harry Connick, Jr - What Are You Doing New Years Eve?, Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne (okay, the lyrics say "Christmas", but it's totally a New Year song) [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Dec 31, 2013 - 25 comments

y2bekarl's Sweet Soul Music Hit Me!

Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music
Alvin Cash & The Crawlers - Twine Time
Dixie Cups - Iko Iko
Robert Parker - Barefootin'
Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose A Good Thing
Al Green - Tired of Being Alone
Ann Peebles I Can't Stand The Rain
Al Green - Can't Get Next To You
Syl Johnson - Take Me to the River
King Curtis & the Kingpins - A Whiter Shade of Pale
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posted by y2karl on Oct 4, 2013 - 29 comments

Try a Little Tenderness

Try a Little Tenderness, a classic of R&B, and Otis Redding, in this 1967 version, recorded the day before he died, nailed it... in 1969, this old Italian guy, Jimmy Durante found that same soul feeling.... Try a Little Tenderness And, if you enjoyed that... here's more of the Schnoz: Make Someone Happy I'll Be Seeing You Young At Heart As Time Goes By Inka Dinka Doo And, of course... Good Night Mrs. Calabash, Wherever You Are
posted by HuronBob on Aug 28, 2013 - 19 comments

RIP mister bassman, Donald "Duck" Dunn

Millions may know him best from one of the only lines he delivered in the Blues Brothers movie: "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline". Others who notice these things will remember him as the guy who also played the bass in the Blues Brothers band. And those for whom Stax records and the Memphis sound are important will know him as the four-string foundation of the great Booker T and the MGs, and the man who lent his solid, no-frills bass lines to many a tune by soul luminaries Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and lots of other greats. Memphis-born bassman Donald "Duck" Dunn has died while on tour (along with fellow legend and bandmate Steve Cropper) in Tokyo. RIP, Duck Dunn, and if there's any goat piss in heaven, I know you're gonna turn it into gasoline up there, too.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 13, 2012 - 112 comments

Hi, this is the Big O, Otis Redding....

O-T-I-S R-E-D-D-I-N-G died 40 years ago today at the age of 26.
posted by tallthinone on Dec 10, 2007 - 26 comments

Oh she may get wooly, women do get wooly, because of all the stress...

Try a Little Tenderness. Otis Redding owns the song, but it's had an interesting history. Ruth Etting, Bing Crosby [mp3], and Ted Lewis [Windows Media] recorded the song (with more lyrics) in the early '30s. An instrumental version was the opening theme for Dr. Strangelove. Tennessee Ernie Ford did the song on his variety show. And then there was Jack Webb's deadpan Dragnet-style version [Amazon sample].
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posted by kirkaracha on Jul 16, 2007 - 19 comments

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