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The K Podcast: Otis Redding and the Thwarted Shift from Soul

In the late 1960s, Otis Redding was the undeniable king of Soul music. It comes as no surprise that hits like “Try a Little Tenderness” and “Respect” earned Otis the adoration of the genre aficionados throughout the US. However, Otis wasn’t content with this status and desired to grow in sound and appeal. It wasn’t until his triumphant performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featuring megastars like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, that Otis commanded the attention of the mainstream, predominantly white audience that defined popular culture at the time.

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This victory further invigorated Otis Redding to chase his goal of creating music transcendent of soul, and more in the singer-songwriter style of Bob Dylan or The Beatles. Yet, just as the first glimpse of this new pursuit began to materialize, tragedy struck. Tune in to The Kollection’s first-ever podcast content to get the whole scoop on the life and death of Otis Redding. We can almost guarantee you won’t believe your ears when you hear the true story behind one of the greatest voices in music history! 

Let us know what you think and enjoy a sample of his infamous Monterey set HERE.