April 12th, 2006

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Holy Day Wednesday more Otis! the Otis Redding Story

Written by Scott Freeman, "Otis! the Otis Redding Story" is a good read.
The life of Otis Redding was pure rags to riches, an American Myth with a tragic ending. http://www.otisredding.com/ Otis was a good ole country boy who established a home in Macon, Georgia.

Freeman's book soars when describing the details of producing Otis Redding's hit songs;
"Hard to Handle," "Knock on Wood" "Try a Little Tenderness' and "Respect." While Aretha Franklin made "Respect" her own song, it was written by Otis Redding and the uncredited Speedo Sims.

While best recognized as members of The Blues Brothers Band and
Booker T and the MGs, http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/BookerTandtheMGs/
Steve "the Colonel" Cropper http://www.playitsteve.com/
and Donald "The Duck" Dunn http://www.duckdunn.com/ add much insight to Otis Redding and the Stax Record Company. http://www.soulsvilleusa.com/ These insights alone make Scott Freeman's book a valuable musical resource.

Scott Freeman's writing style is straight to the point. "Otis! The Otis Redding Story" provides historical insight between Motown and Stax. Motown was Detroit and Stax was Memphis. If Motown lived in Hitsville County, then Stax lived for Soulsville. Motown was urban cool, Stax was country raw.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Holy Day Wednesday : "Otis! the Otis Redding Story"

Finished Scott Freeman's 240 page-plus pages titled "Otis! The Otis Redding Story." A good read for people interested in American 20th Century music. Great look at the differences between Stax Recording Studio in Memphis and Motown in Detroit.

Scott Freeman gets some good interviews from Steve "The Colonel" Cropper and Donald "The Duck" Dunn. These interviews describe the alchemy in the recording studio between Otis, Cropper, Dunn with Booker T and the MGs.

Otis Story was pure rags to riches that ended in tragedy. His music survivesbecouse it is timeless and often imitated by artists from Aerosmith to Aretha Franklin.