Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Otis Redding in Cardiff

Now that must have been a gig and a half. Unlike the Motown package tour of 1965 which turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, the Stax-Volt revue of 1967 was a huge success. I’ve met a couple of old timers who were at the Top Rank show and they reckon Otis Redding was immense – almost as if touched by some divine spirit. Tragically, about 9 months after the Cardiff gig he, along with most of the members of the Bar-Kays, died when the plane they were travelling in crashed into Lake Monona, Wisconsin.