Music Diary – 9th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 9th September!

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 9th September 1941 Mr. Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born in Dawson, Georgia. He was one of the most outstanding Soul singers in music history. At the age of 15 he left school and started supporting Little Richard‘s backing band „The Upsetters“. Then he joined Johnny Jenkins‚ group „The Pinetoppers“. In 1962 he recorded his first single „These Arms of mine“ for Stax records. Otis Redding’s debut album „Pain in my Heart“ was released two years later. In 1967 he performed at the legendary Monterey Pop Fesival and shortly after that he recorded with Steve Cropper from Booker T. & The M.G.’s „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ . The final recordings of this song were done on the 8th December 1967.


Two days later, on the 10th December 1967, Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. His very last recording „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ became the first posthumous number-one record on the Billboard charts. The afterwards released album of the same name reached the first place in the UK charts.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):
Otis Redding - Original Album Series 1  Otis Redding - Original Album Series Vol. 2 Otis Redding - Complete Stax - The Vaults Singles

Buy recommendations (USA):
Otis Redding - Original Album Series 1  Otis Redding - Original Album Series Vol. 2 Otis Redding - Complete Stax - The Vaults Singles

Music Diary – 19th August

Welcome to another entry in my personal music diary!

Back in 2004 I bought a very interesting benefit sampler called „Free The West Memphis 3„.

freewestBands and musicians like Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Supersuckers, Joe Strummer, Eddie Vedder, Mark Lanegan or Nashville Pussy contributed for this release.

About the story (from wikipedia):
The West Memphis Three are three men who were tried and convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. was sentenced to life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life imprisonment. During the trial, the prosecution asserted that the children were killed as part of a Satanic ritual. A number of documentaries have been based on the case, and celebrities and musicians have held fund raisers in the belief that they are innocent. (continue reading here)