CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

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. 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,
Steve "the Colonel" Cropper
and Donald "The Duck" Dunn add much insight to Otis Redding and the Stax Record Company. 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.
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