Thursday, February 21, 2013

60's Live: I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding

The 60's live series continues at The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll. My song selection for today is Otis Redding's live performance of 'I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)'. If you follow the site then you know I used this song last year, but I made an executive decision to post it again because it is one of the best live performances of the 1960's.

People talk about the greatness of Woodstock, and while I agree it was an important cultural experience, it doesn't compare musically to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. One of the biggest highlights of Redding's career was his performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. This is the event where the world discovered Janis Joplin, where The Who smashed their equipment for an American audience, and where Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire. Backed by Booker T. and The M.G.'s, Redding made a splash on a predominately white audience, which made him a bigger star. He died six months later and the video below shows a one-of-a-kind artist that left us too soon.  

TonyDoug Wright is The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll and is also the head writer and owner of Champion City Comics. Follow him @TonyDougWright on Twitter.

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