1966 was the year Otis Redding had broken through from the R&B chart into both the US and UK pop charts. He toured Europe and appeared on UK television, and was enthusiastically received. The next year he released an album of duets with fellow Stax singer Carla Thomas, which produced the Top 10 R&B hits "Tramp" and "Knock On Wood". In the summer of 1967 he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival, gaining a massive new audience of rock fans.
The same summer his first live album was released, recorded at a gig in Paris with Booker T & The MGs from a few months earlier. It was a great set containing most of his biggest hits, and today is an excellent document recording the energy and excitement he generated onstage, and the enthusiastic audience reaction. The live cover of Sam Cooke's "Shake" was also released as a single, charting as a #16 R&B hit.
Unfortunately, the album turned out to be the last to be released in Redding's lifetime. He died later that year in a tragic plane crash.
The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (1966) <|> The Dock Of The Bay (1968)
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