The Ten Best Otis Redding Covers
February 09, 2013
From The Rolling Stones to The White Stripes, the list of artists who ave 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
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
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
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
Florence + The Machine
6. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Bonus video: Remember Michael Bolton? Definitely the, um ... hairiest cover?
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
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
9. Hard to Handle
The Black Crowes
Bonus video: "Hard to Handle" was a mainstay of the Grateful Dead's live set from 1969 to 1971.
While we're on the subject, I would be remiss not to mention Mavis Staples' wonderful rendition.