Otis Redding


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The King Of Soul!

Dubbed the King Of Soul (a nickname he shares with another legend, Sam Cooke), Otis Redding was an American singer-songwriter who wrote some of the most famous songs of all time.

His career was tragically cut short only five years after his first studio album was released as Otis Redding tragically in 1967 died in a plane crash.

His first significant release was These Arms Of Mine in 1962 on Stax Record label, developed with record label house band Booker T. and The M.G.’s.

Otis would form a strong bond with the band and continue to work and write with the members until his death.

Even though Otis is most known for songs he wrote himself, one of his biggest hits was actually a cover, Try A Little Tenderness, written in 1932 and recorded by many singers before Otis, including Frank Sinatra.

His two most famous songs, Respect would become better known once Aretha Franklin recorded it, and (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay wasn’t released until after his death.

Another great tune that was released posthumously and has become a standard by covers bands the world over by Otis is Hard To Handle.

It did well at the time and then had a resurrection when The Black Crowes released their version in 1990 and had their biggest hit with this Otis Redding classic.


Otis Redding | Tunes


(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay

G | B7 | C | A |
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes.
G | B7 | C | A |
Watching the ships roll in. Then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah.

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Hard To Handle

Bb7 | Bb7 (A7 Bb7 Eb6) | Bb7 | Bb7 (A7 Bb7 Eb6) |
Baby, here I am, I’m a man on the scene.
Bb7 | Bb7 (A7 Bb7 Eb6) | Bb7 | Bb7 (A7 Bb7 Eb6) |
I can give you what you want but you gotta go home with me.

Go to Hard To Handle chords.


Respect

Respect chords and guitar lessons

G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you want, (Oh) Baby, I got it.
G7 | F7 |
(Oh) What you need, (Oh) Do you know I got it?

Go to Respect chords.


Wonderful World

B | G#m |
Don’t know much about history,
E | F# |
don’t know much biology.

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