Al Green and Otis Redding represent two of the outstanding artist of 60’s and 70’s soul. Otis Redding is best know for his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. Otis got his start as part of the southern chitlin’ circuit in the 60s. He was later signed to Stax Records and was a talent scout as well as a performer. A major turning point in his career came as he closed the Sat night performance of the Monterey Pop Festival. This performance introduced him to more main stream white audiences. Al Green came from a religious family from Arkansa and his early years were spent listening to gospel. However his early influences were Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Al found his own style with his album Let’s Stay Together released in Jan 1972. Through the 70s Al produced a series of hits. In the 80s he turned to gospel music. Today he is a practicing minister in the Memphis Tn area.
Fri night Kathleen and Harry will be exploring the music of these two great soul singers. You’ll hear Otis and Al’s hits, seldom-heard rarities and dynamic live tracks
The Heart of Soul: Otis Redding & Al Green with Kathleen & Harry Fri. May 4th 9pm-Midnight