Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones and the Greatest Classic Rock Cover of All Time
Otis Redding was just 26 years when he died in a plane crash between gigs on December 10,1967 but he had already established himself as one of the kings of soul.
As a singer and songwriter, Redding possessed talent and charisma beyond his years. At an athletic 6’2″ and 220 pounds, he was larger than life.
Less than a month after the Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in the United States, Redding took to Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee in July of 1965 to cut his own rousing, soulful rendition of the rock and roll classic.
Redding claims to have never heard the original version before he and Stax house band Booker T. and the MG’s laid down their cut.
Redding’s version came with horns blaring out the song’s riff, which is how Keith Richards originally intended the song to be recorded.
On the 35th anniversary of his death, check out an amazing live version of Redding performing the song at the Monterey Pop Festival.
And as a bonus, listen to The Rolling Stones discuss their favorite Otis Redding songs including “Satisfaction.”