Specialist in the latest folk, roots and acoustic-based sounds. Plus a chat with American folk and Tex-Mex-flavoured troubadour and cultural observer Tom Russell ahead of his UK tour.
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2/4. Stuart Maconie continues a tribute to singer/songwriter Otis Redding , whose unpolished and achingly expressive vocals exemplify the kind of unaffected soul singing no longer heard in mainstream popular music.
Redding died in 1967, aged 26, leaving a distinctive repertoire that includes I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now), Respect, Try a Little Tenderness, Tramp (with Carla Thomas ) and the posthumous US number one hit (Sittin'on the) Dock of the Bay.
The series features interviews with guitarist Steve Cropper , trumpeter Wayne Jackson , songwriting partner and soul giant
Jerry Butler , and trumpeter Ben Cauley , the sole survivor of the 1967 plane crash that took Redding's life. This instalment looks at
Redding's string of early-to-mid-60s hits that advanced the Memphis-based Stax/Volt sound.
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