Otis Redding
Track 09: I've Got Dreams To Remember 
Forty years after his passing, the legacy of Otis Redding remains stronger than ever.  His body of recorded work spans a mere six years, but is filled with classic after classic. In the annals of rhythm and blues, few artists are as deserving of the kind of admiration and love that Otis Redding has commanded since he first came to the attention of the mainstream music-buying public in 1963.

In the company of such icons as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Little Richard and James Brown, Otis Redding helped shape the direction of black music, using a blues-drenched vocal style, initially derived from his early years singing in church. Redding’s emotive heart-wrenching approach instantly distinguished him from other soul men of the day and on such ballads as “These Arms Of Mine” (his first national charted single) and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” (written with fellow R&B journeyman Jerry Butler) as well as an unforgettable cover of the pop standard “Try A Little Tenderness,” Otis Redding was his own man. On up-tempo groove sides like Redding compositions “Respect,” “Mr. Pitiful,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and a funky reading of The Stones’ “Satisfaction,” Otis ruled.

Beyond the honors, accolades and awards, there is the wonderful music that he made which still reverberates across the globe. While the world was blessed with his presence for just twenty six short years, the lasting legacy of Otis Redding remains intact, a testament to a one-of-a-kind true-to-life always-real soul man of the first order.

Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember” was featured in the fifth season of NCIS, in an episode titled, “In The Zone.”  The track was suggested by numerous fans through a poll conducted on ncismusic.com, and it’s a beautiful and soulful addition to NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack.

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