Otis Redding

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White Christmas
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Merry Christmas Baby
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Otis Redding, Carla Thomas - New Year's Resolution
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Reclaim Your Soul This Christmas With Otis Redding

For someone with such a masterful soul voice and groove it is slightly disappointing that the great Otis Redding only ever recorded 2 Christmas songs (his passing in a plane crash at just age 26 probably didn't help). That these 2 festive numbers were covers doesn't make them any less interesting however as Redding's way with Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' and Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore’s 'Merry Christmas, Baby' are wondrous things. His ‘White Christmas’ is completely souled up and a vast overhaul on Bing Crosby’s original version. His rendition was released posthumously in 1968 by Atco Records and was backed up by the b-side ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’. Although the latter will be forever associated with Charles Brown Redding put an unexpected pep in its step. He was aided handsomely by the Stax records house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s but it is Redding’s joyful swing that so illuminates this song. The ‘White Christmas/Merry Christmas, Baby’ combo would be released again as a 7-inch single in 1972. 

Also of interest for Redding fans over the holidays is a sumptuous duet he recorded with Carla Thomas for their album together called ‘King & Queen’. The album would prove to be Otis’ last before his death and listening to the smooth ‘New Year's Resolution’ just underlines was a terrific loss he was.

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