August 29, 2006

Whew! (#2)

by Chris Randall

Forget about it. Otis Redding's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is hands down one of the great all time stage shows ever. The video above has the ass-end of "Shake," which opened the set. Then it goes in to the subject of today's post, "I've Been Loving You Too Long." He got up in front of those hippies and just dropped some science.

I really admire Otis for this one performance, because usually musicians put in an uncomfortable situation (like him playing before a basically all-white audience, which was unusual for soul singers at the time) generally don't give their all. He just got up and owned the stage. Seriously.



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Aug.30.2006 @ 1:07 PM
Oh yeah, it was Dionne Warwick who dropped out at the last minute. And Chuck Berry was invited but turned it down.

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Aug.30.2006 @ 1:17 PM
And I forgot to mention members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Electric Flag.

Aug.30.2006 @ 2:13 PM
Chris Randall
It's interesting to note here that history is an incredibly maleable form of information. The section in "Soulsville, U.S.A." which I garnered my information from makes it sound like the Monterey folks had to be talked in to having Otis perform because they didn't want any soul acts. I suppose that the Stax history of the matter and the promoter's history of the matter could be considered extremes of the story, and somewhere in the middle is the truth.

That said, it doesn't really matter. I can't stand conversations like this, personally, since the only record that matters (the record itself) stands fine.



Aug.30.2006 @ 3:49 PM
Watching these videos lately gives me the chills no ordinary Idols-wannabe is able to give - thanks, guys! (On the other hand: shit, I'm not half a musician I wanted to become. :-D)

Color's not an issue, it's all in the heart. Music is all that counts. 'Lav ?nd piis' as we say here in Finland - i.e. love and peace, pronounced in Finnish stylee.


Aug.30.2006 @ 9:18 PM
Chris Randall
Amen. I'm mostly Norwegian, but I take your point.



Aug.31.2006 @ 1:59 PM
penzoil washington
i have no argument with the fact that america sleeps on much of its greatest music, particularly black music. That would explain why guys like Sam Cooke had to go on Shindig and sing "Blowin' In The Wind" (you can see it on youtube).

But it's also true that Aretha herself was a big crossover star in the sixties, and it was for her gospel-soul based stuff, not the watered-down Dionne Warwick wannabe shit that Columbia made her record before Atlantic came into the picture.

We're just a schizo country. In the 50's they played Ray Charles, but they had to have Pat Boone cover the Little Richard hits. Maybe being blind makes black men more cuddly to the mainstream?


Aug.31.2006 @ 11:35 PM
you just made me buy the definitive Otis Redding box set I've been craving for a while. tasty!

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