‘Spotlight on a Song’
And I’m back! The week flew by so fast I’m not sure what even happened. I do know there was a lot of good music involved. Even some sexy blues-dancing. Smooth like silk….. my spotlight artist for the week.
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) “The King of Soul” was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. Countless accolades and chart record breakers, there is no shortage of talent for this way too short lifetime of success.
Heading to Wisconsin, although the weather was poor with heavy rain and fog and despite warnings, the plane took off. Four miles from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into Lake Monona. The cause of the crash was never determined. And although Don McLean didn’t write a song about Otis, that day will always be the day the music died.
Songs such as “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” and “Try a Little Tenderness will always be his signature songs. But this little nugget might be amongst my favorite of Mr. Redding’s. Enjoy music fans…..it will take you someplace magical.
Strum a little….