Otis Redding was just 26-years-old when he tragically died in a plane crash outside Madison, Wisconsin on this date 50 years ago. In the half century since his passing, Redding’s music has risen to be the standard bearer of soul music. Despite his relatively small body of work, it’s the voice of Otis Redding that is the heart and soul of soul music.
This edition of Sunday Cinema presents archival video footage of Otis in action during an appearance on the British television program Ready, Steady, Go!. Redding was guest on the September 16, 1966 episode that also included Chris Farlowe and The Animals’ Eric Burdon.
The taping in London saw Redding perform several of his classic hits, such as his renditions of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “My Girl,” “Respect,” “Pain In My Heart” and “I Can’t Turn You Loose.” Burdon and Farlowe joined Redding on “Shake” and “Land Of 1000 Dances” as well (Burdon also performed “Hold On I’m Coming” and Farlowe sang “This Is A Man’s World”).
Watch the King Of Soul’s 1966 Ready, Steady, Go! special below: