Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Otis Redding – Otis Blue


The 1960’s was an era that produced great musical artists and legendary compositions.  One particular songwriter, singer, and producer that was a major artist in rhythm and blues was Otis Ray Redding Jr.  On September 15, 1965, Otis Redding released his third studio album, which is entitled Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul. This particular album was very unique because it consisted of cover songs that were written by popular rhythm and blues artists. One particular artist that participated in the songwriting process of the album was Sam Cooke. He is a very popular rhythm and blues artist in this era and wrote three of the eleven songs on the album.  The album also reached number one on Billboard R&B chart.

The impact of this album by Otis Redding proved that an artist can crossover into the pop market, and that an artist can present compositions through many different expressions.  This was accomplished through the album’s commercial appearance and through adding funk and more energy to Sam Cooke’s ballad, “Change Gonna Come.”  He also added more spice to another one of Sam Cooke’s song, “Shake”, “My Girl”, by The Temptations, and “Rock Me Baby”, which is by the famous blues singer B. B. King.

The recording of this album was accomplished in a 24 hour session with Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s.  Another unique characteristic of this album is consisted of how Otis Redding wrote “Respect”, which was done through a transformation that Redding and the band had during the recording session.  It was said that Redding stated these words, “You’re on the road all the time. All you can look for is a little respect when you come home.”  However, Redding’s road manager, Earl “Speedo” Sims, stated that this was not the case and that the song came from a group that he was singing with.  He also claimed that Redding told him that he would get credit for the song, but he never did.

After doing research on Otis Redding and his album Otis Blue, I have learned that this artist was very creative and his passion for music was shown through his album.  I will also apply the knowledge of this musical creativity for the betterment of my industry professional.




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