A soul singer with a blues classic
Otis Redding died of the airplane accident with his band members at the age of just 26 and 3months. It was 44 years ago, 10 December 1967. Needless to say, He is one of the most popular soul singers all over the world.
It may be teenager when I heard his voice on the radio. It was (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY. Then I lived in the west area of Tokyo so I could listen to FEN (Far East Network) from Yoko Base. But I didn’t remember the voice was from FEN or another radio stations. In several years, I get “OTIS REDDING THE DOCK OF THE BAY”.A blues classic was performed,it was “Nobody knows you when you’re down and out” written by Jimmy Cox in 1923. I could find some another versions. The following is a list of some of them.
1st: Otis Redding ~ The dock of the bay
2nd: Eric Clapton ~ Dreak and Dominos
3rd: Bessis Smith ~ Original Artist
4th: Eric Clapton Japan Tour at Tokyo in December 2006
Eric plays this song with slide guitar in the band for Dreak and the Dominos but the performance on the Japan Tour was acoustic with Derek Trucks who is one of young guitar heroes. I would like slide guitar with a band but it was a first time for me to listen to the blues classic in the concert. This performance is similar to Bessis Smith. Some day, I will listen to the original version.
This song was first recorded and popularized by Bessie Smith, the preeminent female blues singer of the 1920s and '30s. Since then, numerous cover versions have been recorded. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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Editted by Taka