“A Tribute To A King” Performed By William Bell (1968)

August 9, 2010

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When preparing for this month’s post I came across this song that I hadn’t heard in a few decades!  I had digitized it a while back to my hard drive and forgot all about it since for some reason it never got transferred to any of my music players.

But that changed today because I am putting it on a player as soon as I upload this post.

Long before  Motown’s  Commodores wrote and released “Night Shift” in 1985 to honor musicians who had passed on — William Bell and Booker T. Jones composed this dynamite tribute to the passing of his labelmate Otis Redding — “The King of Soul”.

William Bell joined Stax as a staff writer in 1961 and also had the label’s  first big hit “You Don’t Miss Your Water”.  Unfortunately his music career was then delayed  serving two years in Armed Forces, but “A Tribute To A King” was one of his first hits upon his return to civilian life and Stax.

Listen to the song. It speaks for itself and the talent of one Mr William Yarborough (Bell’s birth Name) and the one and only Otis Redding.

“A Tribute To A King” Composed By William Bell & Booker T. Jones

Listen, people, listen
I`m gonna sing you a song
About a man who lived good
But didn’t live too long

He was born in Macon, Georgia
A poor boy without a dime
He found his way to Memphis
Singing These Arms Of Mine

Otis, Otis Redding was his name
Without his soulful singing
This old world won`t be the same

Now he traveled on to Frisco
New York and abroad
Everywhere he sang
The people would applaud

One day he left Georgia
Wisconsin bound
But he didn`t get to sing that night
The plane he was in went down


He was a soul music singer
The king of the Memphis sound
It makes me feel so sad
Cause now he ain`t around

He died with his guitar
Close to his hands
But his soul lives on today
In the heart of a million fans

Talking about

Otis, Otis Redding was his name
His picture oughta be hung
In the music hall of fame

Otis, he was known as Big O
Otis, we gonna miss him so
Otis, ooh, yeah,
We gonna miss him so

Lyrics & Photo Source: Top40db.com.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry August 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

i love songs like this! and since its about Otis that makes it so much better.


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