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Friday, August 26, 2011


Two years before his "discovery" at Stax records, Otis Redding recorded two singles with The Pinetoppers, and this is the second of those releases and in my opinion the one that Otis was first able to BE Otis Redding. The performance drips soul, sweat and sex.

My copy was issued in the UK by Sue Records, which is an interesting story in itself. Sue (US) was founded in New York by producer Juggy Murray in the late 50's. The moniker was adopted by Island Records in the UK c19http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif63 to begin releasing official Sue product in the UK, and also as a means of http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giflicensing US records from small labels as a way to satiate the r&b/ soul hungry UK market. It certainly didn't hurt THIS record that by the time of its UK release (1964) Otis was a rising international star.

from 1960...



Anonymous said...

Great early Otis - - 1960!

Anyone else hear some Little Richard influence sneaking in there?

Wilthomer said...

I love U.K. Sue pressings, I don't know why but they seem so much cooler looking than U.S. pressings of the same tracks. It's a great label, where else can James Brow, Otis Redding, John Lee Hooker and The Daylighters rub elbows! Great blog b.t.w!

Phil Daniels said...

the story goes that the UK sue setup paid no royalties for the licensing of US tracks. how true this is, i don't know but when the operation closed down quickly, it was started up again not long after by the Action label. my favourite label design and one that you've featured on a past 45 choice.