1965 saw Otis Redding release achieve his first hit in the UK - "Just On More Day" got to #29 on the UK singles chart, and also reached #15 on the US R&B chart. Its b-side was also a big R&B hit ("I Can't Turn You Loose", #11 R&B). His cover of "My Girl", taken from Otis Blue, also gave him another UK hit at #11.
"Just One More Day" became the opening song for his first album of 1966, another typically solid and consistent product of Stax Records, crafted with the help of Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MGs and The Memphis Horns. The diverse selection of songs on The Soul Album included Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang", Roy Head's "Treat Her Right", Smokey Robinson's "It's Growing" and Jimmy Cox's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down Out", all re-cast in Redding's own distinctive way. It also featured three songs co-authored by MG guitarist Steve Crooper (one of which, "634-5679", had been a hit for Wilson Pickett earlier that year).
Otis Blue (1965) <|> The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (1966)
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