MR. PITIFUL * OTIS REDDING * ATLANTIC 4024
Otis Redding started out singing publicly with The Vineville Baptist Choir, after which he became a featured vocalist with the Upsetters, Little Richard's former touring band. Known at this time as Rockhouse Redding as part of The Shooters he cut his first record Tuff Enough / She's Alright for the Trans World in 1960, which was picked up by Finer Arts and reissued as by Otis Redding and The Shooters.
In 1962 Otis Redding cut These Arms Of Mine for Atlantic while working as vocalist with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, Mr. Pitiful was his seventh for Volt, and although some of his earlier records had had some success (These Arms Of Mine was a particular favorite with the early Modernists in London and the South of England) it was Mr. Pitiful that took him to the top of the Soul sellers both in the US and Europe, and established him as one of the biggest names in Soul music until his tragic and untimely death three years later.
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