Otis Redding would have been 74 today

In lieu of posting a million videos of Otis’ phenomenal catalog, I’m just going to post his set from the Monterey Pop Festival. Otis was the final Saturday performance at Monterey, which meant that he went on in the wee hours of the AM, performing to a weary and acid spent audience. Clearly not an ideal spot on the schedule. So what does Otis do? He tells his band, a combination of The MG’s and The Mar-Keys, to double time it, and comes out firing on all cylinders, with his barnstorming version of Shake. Needless to say, it worked better than an eight ball of the finest Columbian on those sleepy hippies, and had them up and dancing in no time. The band pushed him to the limit and Otis OWNED the stage and audience. Just listen to how out of breath he is, between Shake and Respect, to know how hard he was hitting it. It was probably a good thing that the band was forced to cut the set short, due to the festival running late, because one wonders how they would have managed a full set at that pace, even with pace breaking ballads. One of the greatest voices in recorded history performing at the height of his abilities.

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