Over the course of three spring nights in 1966– Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th—a 24 year old Otis Redding played seven sets at the Whisky A Go Go. Redding was the first major soul singer to ever take the stage of the famed Sunset Strip venue– known for hosting hippies– and the performances helped him break through to a larger audience.
In honor of what would have been Otis Redding’s 75th birthday this fall, Stax Records released Otis Redding – Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings, a six-CD collection featuring the entirety of Redding’s performances, all remixed and remastered from the original 4-track analog tapes for the first time. Redding’s between song banter will transport you to the smoky nightclub, where you might have caught a glimpse of one of the stars who turned out to see the young soul singer– Robby Krieger, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Stephen Stills.
Robbie Robertson, who went to the Whisky shows with Bob Dylan, recalls, “Just before heading overseas on Bob Dylan’s 1966 “Going Electric” tour, we heard that Otis was playing at the Whisky. He was my favorite singer at that time. Bob and I decided to go check it out and Otis didn’t disappoint. He sang with such power and passion it took your breath away. We got to spend time with him and his manager Phil Walden after the show. It was a night I’ll never forget.”
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