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He was signed to Stax almost immediately. Raised in middle Georgia in Macon, the town Little Richard put on the music map, he had a short yet astonishingly prolific career before joining the 27 Club after dying in a plane crash. While it is easy to idolize musicians taken during their prime, especially one who produced five albums in the five true years of his recording, Otis deserves the rampant praise. If everything he ever recorded with his undeniable Southern-charged soul and raw voice could be on this list, it would be. It became his only No. A simple tune, not full of the vocal theatrics that he so often performed, it could easily start conversations about the Otis Redding that could have come. It stands alone as a nostalgic ode to home, one of his truly universal themes. The original version was written by O. This one is the lead track off The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul , a record that has been called the greatest album to ever come out of Memphis, Tenn. This classic track is one of the two songs Redding sang on his Stax audition.
Top 10 Best Otis Redding Songs
Our 10 best Otis Redding songs list explores the music of one of the most charismatic and beloved soul singers of his generation. And while he was only 26 years old when he died, he left us with a musical legacy of a lifetime. But it was actually written and recorded by Otis Redding in , two years before Franklin recorded it. His original version was about a man who was willing to give his woman everything, as long as she respected him when he came home at the end of the day. The song is No. This was actually a cover of a Sam Cooke song , released in , and one of the rare instances when Otis Redding recorded a dance tune. Cooke was a massive influence on Otis Redding.