Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014 Route 66, Cruisin' Music-- Part 6 The Dock of the Bay

As in "SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY) by OTIS REDDING.  One of my all-time favorite soul singers.  The single went to #1 Jan.27, 1968, posthumously after his death in a plane crash December 1, 1967 in Lake Monomo, Madison, Wisconsin.

The song "Tramp" with Carla Thomas went to #26 and "Glory of Love" to #60.  (It had been a #1 hit for Benny Goodman in 1936.) Of course, Otis put the s-o-u-l in it.

And these were short songs.  All but two of the 11 were under 3 minutes

As usual, he was backed by that great Srax/Atco house band, Booker T. & the MGs on all tracks but two.  He had Isaac Hayes and Booker T. Jones on keyboards, Steve Cropper and guitar, Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Al. Jackson, Jr. on drums.

Of course, I liked all of the songs, but especially "I'm Coming Home to See About You" and "Huckle Buck."

I don't know, but cruising 66 with Otis.  Wow!!!

"Otis, He Loves Us!"  --RoadDog

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