Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Classic Clips: Otis Redding at Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Otis is at the top of my list for musical talent gone from this earth too soon. Every time I hear that voice, I wish for the 40 more years of fantastic material he would undoubtedly have produced, had his plane not crashed that December day in 1967. It is also a shame that there is not more video footage of Otis because, while just listening to him feels like every emotion is coming across in crystal clarity, to watch a performance reveals him as a truly genuine and heartfelt entertainer. This footage from the Monterey Pop Festival of him performing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Satisfaction” was taken just 6 months before his death. His energy and excitement leap off the screen and show that, although his time was short, he is one of the soulful greats.

-AZ

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