The Ten Best Otis Redding Covers

Otis Redding
Otis Redding (Press photo)

For Black History Month 2013, The Current is spotlighting a different legendary African-American musician each week. This week, we're featuring soul legend Otis Redding. Tune in to hear tracks from his catalog throughout the week, and visit to the website for more features about his career.

From The Rolling Stones to The White Stripes, the list of artists who have covered Otis Redding songs may surprise you. We pick the best and pair them with the Otis originals in this special playlist.

1. Pain In My Heart

Otis Redding

The Rolling Stones

Bonus video: Otis was so honored by the Stones cover, he returned the favor with a blazing version of "Satisfaction."

2. I Can't Turn You Loose

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Sly & The Family Stone

Bonus video: Blues Brothers fans will recognize "I Can't Turn You Loose" from the band's famous mall chase scene

3. I've Been Loving You Too Long

Otis Redding

Cat Power

Bonus video: Seal's cover warrants an honorable mention, as does this lo-fi White Stripes rendition.

4. Respect

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Aretha Franklin

Bonus video: On the day before his December 1967 plane crash, Otis performed "Respect" on an episode of Cleveland television show Upbeat.

5. Try a Little Tenderness

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Florence + The Machine

Bonus video: Kanye West and Jay-Z sampled "Try a Little Tenderness" in their Watch the Throne song "Otis."

6. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

Otis Redding

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

Bonus video: Remember Michael Bolton? Definitely the, um ... hairiest cover?

7. Tramp

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

ZZ Top

Bonus video: Salt-n-Pepa's 1968 song "Tramp" samples the Otis original and screams "PRODUCT OF THE LATE '80s!"

8. These Arms of Mine

Otis Redding

LeAnn Rimes

Bonus video: "These Arms of Mine" should be instantly recognizable to fans of Dirty Dancing.

9. Hard to Handle

Otis Redding

The Black Crowes

Bonus video: "Hard to Handle" was a mainstay of the Grateful Dead's live set from 1969 to 1971.

10. Security

Otis Redding

Mavis Staples

Bonus video: While we're on the subject, I would be remiss not to mention Etta James's wonderful rendition.

Check back all month as The Current honors legendary black musicians, and make sure you check out Say It Loud, our Black History Month stream.