“Those People” … Taking About ‘Us’ … Mark Ribowsky, Expert on Otis Redding & Black Culture (The Audacity) & Diane Rehem Refer to ‘Us’ As “Those People”…
‘We’ Need Be The Experts On ‘Us’
By the time singer Otis Redding was a teenager, he was already a star in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. But thanks to a recording contract with Memphis-based Stax records, he started to produce R&B chartoppers like “These Arms of Mine” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” But Redding’s biggest hit — “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” — wouldn’t come until after he died: Three days after he recorded it, Redding was killed in a plane crash at just 26 years old. The song, a blend of folk and soul that marked a big departure from his usual sound, was released posthumously and became one the most popular tunes of the 20th century. Diane and biographer Mark Ribowsky discuss the short life and legendary career of soul superstar Otis Redding.
Mark Ribowsky author of seven books, including “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations”