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Otis Redding

Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

"I FIRST MET HIM IN 1962," SAYS STEVE Cropper who co-wrote two of Otis's hits, 'Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa' and 'Dock Of The Bay', and arranged and played on most of his sessions. "At the time Otis was sort of a road manager, singer and driver for Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers. They'd come up to Memphis to cut a bunch of sides and Otis was just sitting in a corner of the studio all day long and every once in a while he'd get up and say, 'Man I sure would like to cut a song!' So after we'd finished cutting Jenkins there was about 40 minutes left and we said 'OK let's see what this guy's got'."

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