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Otis Redding 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival

Otis Redding, “The King of Soul,” lived a short career, dying in a plane crash at the age of 26.  Still, in a short period of time, he changed R&B music forever with one of the most emotionally charged voices ever recorded.  One of his finest moments came six months prior to his death, on the second night of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, the same festival where both The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who made their major American debuts.  Here, Redding, backed by the also legendary Booker T. & the MGs, played his first show to a significantly large white audience.  The well received set greatly aided his rise to mainstream prominence.  Along with the classics “Shake,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” and “Respect” (made famous by Aretha Franklin just weeks earlier), “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” helped win the crowd over and seal his legacy forever.  Watch Otis performing for the “Love Crowd” below.

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