Tag: Otis Redding

Wednesday 9/9/2020 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Otis Redding

Otis Redding performs on the British TV show Ready Steady Go in 1966.

Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding’s style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s.

Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia, and at the age of 2, moved to Macon, Georgia. Redding quit school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard’s backing band, the Upsetters, and by performing in talent shows at the historic Douglass Theatre in Macon. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’s band, the Pinetoppers, with whom he toured the Southern states as a singer and driver. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine”, in 1962.

Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later. Initially popular mainly with African-Americans, Redding later reached a wider American pop music audience. Along with his group, he first played small shows in the American South. He later performed at the popular Los Angeles night club Whisky a Go Go and toured Europe, performing in London, Paris and other major cities. He also performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Shortly before his death in a plane crash, Redding wrote and recorded his iconic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album The Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. Redding’s premature death devastated Stax. Already on the verge of bankruptcy, the label soon discovered that the Atco division of Atlantic Records owned the rights to his entire song catalog.

Redding received many posthumous accolades, including two Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Respect” and “Try a Little Tenderness” are among his best-known songs.

Sunday 4am ET: Feature Artist – Steve Cropper

Steven Lee Cropper (born October 21, 1941), also known as “Steve “The Colonel” Cropper”, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He also acted as the producer of many of these records. He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week on Sounds of The 60’s:  Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . . 

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

bobbyjaypaintHow about these abnormally high temperatures in the eastern section of the country? I’ll take ’em. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, I’ve got music from: Otis Redding, the Dells, Jackie Wilson, Skylark, James Brown, the Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, Phil Perry, Johnny Thunder, something new from an artist named Oleg Frish with Ben E. King, a salute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday, Sam Cooke; live in concert from Miami Florida, and much, much more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. FYI, next week, its our annual Christmas show. Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who You Callin’ A Ho?)

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

Funk-&-Soul-CoversLast weekend on “Great Soul Performances” it was “Motown Remakes.” This evening on the show, it will be “Soul Remakes & Covers.” The playlist will reflect a fantastic array of artists like: Otis Redding, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Ronnie McDowell, Dionne Warwick, the Dells, Tom Jones, Ruby & the Romantics, Phil Granito, the Coasters, Joss Stone, Hugh Masekela and lot more stellar performers. The fun begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I think you’re gonna like it. So join me later for “Great Soul Performances” at the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances Saturday 5-7p – 7-9p ET #GSP #RadioMax

bobby-jayGreat Soul Performances Saturday means an ENCORE Great Soul Performances The 80s and a brand NEW edition of Great Soul Performances at 7pm ET.

1 . ENCORE features:  Shalamar, Dennis Edwards, the Four Tops, Patti LaBelle, the Whispers, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, the Jones Girls, Larry Graham, Diana Ross, the Dells and many others . . 

2.  NEW EDITION features:  We take a look back to last year and pay tribute to the singers, musicians, artists and writers we lost in 2013. You’ll also hear a couple of new tunes from Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Otis Redding, the Notations, Aretha Franklin, the Jewells, Etta James, the Four Tops, Major Lance, the Tams, Jimmy Castor; (in his own words) & B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland “live in concert.” It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. It follows an repeat performance of “Great Soul Performances 2, The 80’s” at the appropriate time in each time zone. If you miss the show this evening, the encore performances are on Monday at 10PM and on Wednesday at 12 Noon; both times eastern. We lost a lot of good and cherished people in 2013, so let’s remember them later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com. -Bobby Jay

Artist Countdown: Otis Redding Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

otis-reddingOtis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in popular music and a major artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. His singing style has been influential among the soul artists of 1960s and helped show the Stax Sound. After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, he wrote and recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts after his death in a plane crash. The Dock of the Bay became the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Born and raised in Georgia, United States, Redding left school at age 15 to support his family by working with Little Richard’s backing band, the Upsetters and by performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’ band, the Pinetoppers, and toured the Southern United States as driver and musician. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine”, in 1962. Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later.

Initially popular mainly with African-Americans, Redding later reached the broader American popular music audience. He and his group first played small gigs in the South, then played for the first time in the western United States, at the Whisky a Go Go. Redding later performed in Paris, London and other European cities. His premature death devastated Stax, already on the verge of bankruptcy. The label soon discovered that Atlantic Records owned the rights to Redding’s entire catalog. Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the honorific “King of Soul”. In addition to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Respect” and “Try a Little Tenderness” are among his most well-known songs.

By 1967 the band was traveling to gigs on Redding’s Beechcraft H18. Late that year they flew to Nashville, and on December 9, 1967, appeared on the Upbeat television show produced in Cleveland. They played three concerts in two nights at a small club called Leo’s Casino. After a phone call with Zelma and children, Redding’s next stop was Madison, Wisconsin. On the next day they were to play at the Factory nightclub near the University of Wisconsin.

Although the weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog and despite warnings, the plane took off. Four miles from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly then, the plane crashed into Lake Monona. Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley, the accident’s only survivor, was sleeping shortly before the accident. He woke just before impact to see bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and exclaim, “Oh, no!” Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seat belt. He then found himself in frigid water, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.] A non-swimmer, he was unable to rescue the others. The cause of the crash was never determined. James Brown claimed in his autobiography, The Godfather of Soul, that he had warned Redding not to fly in the plane.

Aretha Franklin stated, “I heard it on the TV. My sister Caroline and I stopped everything and stayed glued to the TV and radio. It was a tragedy. Shocking.” Other victims were pilot Richard Fraser, drummer Matthew Kelly, lead guitarist of the Bar-Kays Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell and drummer Carl Cunningham.

Redding’s body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The family postponed the funeral from December 15 to December 18 so that more could attend. The service took place at the City Auditorium in Macon. More than 4,500 people came to the funeral, overflowing the 3,000-seat hall, although many did not know who he was. Johnny Jenkins and Isaac Hayes did not come, fearing their reaction would be worse than Zelma Redding’s. Redding was entombed at his ranch in Round Oak, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Macon. Jerry Wexler delivered the eulogy. Redding died just three days after recording Dock of the Bay. He was survived by Zelma and three children, Otis III, Dexter and Karla. Otis, Dexter and cousin Mark Lockett later founded the Reddings, a band managed by Zelma. She also maintained or worked at the janitorial service Maids Over Macon, several nightclubs and booking agencies. On November 8, 1997, a memorial plaque was placed on the lakeside deck of the Madison convention center, Monona Terrace.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
2 Tramp
3 The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)
4 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
5 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
6 Knock on Wood
7 Try a Little Tenderness
8 Shake 
9 Hard to Handle
10 My Lover’s Prayer
11 Just One More Day
12 Love Man
13 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
14 Respect
15 I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
16 Mr. Pitiful
17 Amen
18 A Lover’s Question
19 Pain in My Heart
20 Chained and Bound
21 Glory of Love
22 Lovey Dovey  (with Carla Thomas)
23 That’s How Strong My Love Is
24 Come to Me
25 These Arms of Mine
26 I Love You More Than Words Can Say
27 Security
28 I Can’t Turn You Loose 
29 My Girl
30 Free Me
31 That’s What My Heart Needs
32 Day Tripper
33 Let Me Come on Home 
34 Shout Bamalama
35 Gettin’ Hip
36 A Change Is Gonna Come
37 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
38 Your Love Has Lifted Me (Higher and Higher)
39 Look at That Girl
40 Demonstration

Great Soul Performances Special featuring 1967 with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

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I hope everyone is having a good Easter and Passover weekend. This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we are going to look back on the year 1967. It was a great year for the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin and for the “King Of Soul;” the “Godfather” James Brown. We’ll remember some the incidents that captured the headlines in ’67. You’ll also hear Jackie Wilson, the Bar-Kays, Jerry Butler, the Intruders, Otis Redding, the Marvelettes, the Platters and more. I’ll see you at 7PM ET, on RadioMaxMusic.com.

 

In Memoriam: Donald Dunn Dead at 70

Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.

In addition to recording and performing with the MGs, Dunn was house bassist at the Stax label in the ’60s and played on an amazing array of soul-pop classics including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others. He was also a key member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers Band and appeared in John Landis’ 1980 movie The Blues  Click here for more