Otis Redding discography

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Otis Redding discography
Studio albums 10
Live albums 9
Compilation albums 15
Singles 48

This is the discography of American soul singer Otis Redding.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1964 Pain in My Heart 103 28
1965 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads 75 3 30
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
  • Released: September 15, 1965
  • Label: Volt
75 1 6
  • UK: Silver[3]
1966 The Soul Album
  • Released: April 1, 1966
  • Label: Volt
54 3 22
Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
  • Released: October 15, 1966
  • Label: Volt
73 5 23
1967 King & Queen (with Carla Thomas) 36 5 18[4]

Posthumous studio albums[edit]

Otis Redding's death prompted a number of releases, including live albums and compilations. Four albums of mostly new material were released, but they are more like compilations than official studio releases.

The first of these releases, The Dock of the Bay, assembled by guitarist and producer Steve Cropper, is made up of previously released singles and b-sides as well as some album tracks and a few previously unissued recordings. The other three of these albums contain a greater amount of previously unreleased material. The posthumous collections are generally considered to be of good quality,[5] which is unusual, as a lot of posthumous releases by other artists receive unfavorable reviews.

A fifth release, Remember Me, came out on 20 March 1992, featuring 22 unreleased tracks taken from Redding's 1963–1967 recordings, with numerous unreleased and stereo recordings. Two alternate takes of "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and alternate takes of other famous tracks, such as "Respect", "Come to Me", and "Try a Little Tenderness", are among its highlights.

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1968 The Dock of the Bay
  • Released: February 23, 1968
  • Label: Volt
4 1 1
The Immortal Otis Redding
  • Released: June, 1968
  • Label: Atco
58 3 19
1969 Love Man
  • Released: June 20, 1969
  • Label: Atco
46 8
1970 Tell the Truth
  • Released: July 1, 1970
  • Label: Atco
200 26
1992 Remember Me
  • Released: March 29, 1992
  • Label: Atco

Live albums[edit]

Officially released live recordings by Otis Redding primarily come from three sources: a series of shows performed at the Whisky a Go Go in April 1966, the Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe in March and April 1967, and his five-song set at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 17, 1967.

Earlier live performances of "Pain in My Heart" and "These Arms of Mine" from November 16, 1963, were officially released on the Atco compilation album Apollo Saturday Night in 1964. These two performances are also included in the 1993 box set Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding.

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1967 Live in Europe
  • Released: July 10, 1967
  • Label: Volt
  • Recorded: March 1967
32 8 14
1968 In Person at the Whisky a Go Go
  • Released: October, 1968
  • Label: Atco
  • Recorded: April 1966
82 7
1970 Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival
(with The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
16 15
1982 Recorded Live: Previously Unreleased Performances
1993 Good to Me: Live at the Whisky a Go Go, Vol. 2
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Stax
  • Recorded: April 1966
200
1999 In Concert
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Stax
  • Recorded: April 1966 & March 1967
2008 Live in London and Paris
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Stax
  • Recorded: March 1967
2009 Respect: Live 1967
2010 Live on the Sunset Strip
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Stax
  • Recorded: April 1966

Compilation albums[edit]

Charting compilations
Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1967 The History of Otis Redding
  • Released: November, 1967
  • Label: Volt
9 1 2
1972 The Best of Otis Redding
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Atco
76 34
1987 The Dock of the Bay - The Definitive Collection
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Atlantic
50
  • UK: 2x Platinum[3]
2002 Very Best of Otis Redding
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Atco
26
2011 Soul Legend - The Best of Otis Redding
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe/MCI
168[8]
Complete list

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both side from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US Pop
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1960 "Gettin' Hip"
b/w "Gamma Lama"
Non-album tracks
1961 "Shout Bamalama"
b/w "Fat Gal"
1962 "These Arms of Mine"
b/w "Hey, Hey Baby"
85 20 Pain in My Heart
1963 "That's What My Heart Needs"
b/w "Mary's Little Lamb" (non-album track)
27
"Pain In My Heart"
b/w "Something Is Worrying Me"
61 11
1964 "Come to Me"
b/w "Don't Leave Me This Way" (non-album track)
69 26 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
"Security"
b/w "I Want To Thank You" (from The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads)
97 23 Pain in My Heart
"Chained and Bound"
b/w "Your One and Only Man"
70 6 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
"Mr. Pitiful" / 41 10
"That's How Strong My Love Is" 74 18
"Things Go Better with Coke
(A Man and a Woman)"
(1964 commercial)
Non-album track
1965 "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
b/w "I'm Depending on You" (non-album track)
21 2 Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
"Respect"
b/w "Ole Man Trouble"
35 4
"Just One More Day" / 85 15 29 The Soul Album
"I Can't Turn You Loose" 11 History of Otis Redding
"My Girl"
b/w "Down in the Valley"
(U.K. single only)
11 Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
1966 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
b/w "Any Ole Way" (from The Soul Album)
31 4 33
"My Lover's Prayer"
b/w "Don't Mess with Cupid" (non-album track)
61 10 37 Complete & Unbelievable:
The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"
b/w "Good to Me" (from The Soul Album)
29 12 23
1967 "Try a Little Tenderness"
b/w "I'm Sick Y'all"
25 4 46
"Day Tripper"
b/w "Shake" (from Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul)
(U.K. single only)
43
"I Love You More Than Words Can Say" / 78 30 Non-album tracks
"Let Me Come on Home" 48
"Shake" (live)
b/w "You Don't Miss Your Water" (from Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul)
47 16 28 Live in Europe
"Tramp"
b/w "Tell It Like It Is"
(with Carla Thomas)
26 2 18[4] King & Queen
"Knock on Wood"
b/w "Let Me Be Good to You"
(with Carla Thomas)
30 8 35[4]
"Glory of Love"
b/w "I'm Coming Home"
60 19 The Dock of the Bay

Posthumous singles[edit]

In the wake of Otis Redding's death, singles as well as albums were released to capitalise on the attention. A number of singles were released from new albums of unreleased material. Along with these 'new' hits were songs from Redding's back-catalogue which were not originally intended as singles. Many of these posthumous singles became popular hits, especially "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay", and some sold more and are more famous than the songs released during Redding's lifetime.

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
US Pop
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[2]
1968 "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay"
b/w "Sweet Lorene" (from Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul)
1 1 3 The Dock of the Bay
"The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)"
b/w "Open the Door" (from The Dock of the Bay)
25 10 24 The Immortal Otis Redding
"Amen" / 36 15
"Hard to Handle" 51 38 15
"I've Got Dreams to Remember"
b/w "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
41 6
"Lovey Dovey"
b/w "New Year's Resolution"
(with Carla Thomas)
60 21 King & Queen
"White Christmas"
b/w "Merry Christmas, Baby"
Non-album tracks
"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (live)
b/w "Direct Me" (from Love Man)
21 10 In Person at the Whisky a Go Go
1969 "A Lover's Question"
b/w "You Made a Man out of Me" (from The Immortal Otis Redding)
48 20 Love Man
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
b/w "Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis"
(with Carla Thomas)
King & Queen
"Love Man"
b/w "Can't Turn You Loose" (from Live in Europe)
72 17 43 Love Man
"Free Me"
b/w "Your Love Has Lifted Me (Higher and Higher)"
103 30
"Look at the Girl"
b/w "That's a Good Idea"
"Demonstration"
b/w "Johnny's Heartbreak"
Tell the Truth
1970 "Give Away None of My Love"
b/w "Snatch a Little Piece"
1971 "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (live)
b/w "Try a Little Tenderness" (live)
Monterey Pop Soundtrack
1976 "You Left the Water Running"
b/w "The Otis Jam" (by Memphis studio band)
(bootleg single)
Non-album tracks

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN UK US US R&B
"Otis"
(Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Otis Redding)
2011 37 28 12 2 Watch the Throne

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "allmusic ((( Otis Redding > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "OTIS REDDING – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2011.  Note: User needs to enter "Otis Redding" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  4. ^ a b c "OTIS REDDING & CARLA THOMAS – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tell the Truth > Overview". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-07-15. When a major artist dies, labels can usually be counted on to release anything and everything the artist had in the can, regardless of quality. In the case of Otis Redding, most of the posthumous releases were of a very high quality. 
  6. ^ "RIAA certification for Good to Me: Live at the Whisky a Go Go, Vol. 2". 
  7. ^ "RIAA certification for Very Best of Otis Redding". 
  8. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/110820cluk.txt
  9. ^ "RIAA certification for (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay".