Otis Redding, Soul Ambassador


Synopsis

Before his life was cut tragically short by a plane crash in 1967 at the age of 26, soul singer Otis Redding was already on track to becoming a music legend.

 

An electric performance at the Monterey Pop Festival that year had won him a legion of new fans, a just reward for an artist who battled racism in his native Georgia as he strove to make his voice heard. This profile captures the magic of Redding performing live with rare and unseen footage, and includes interviews with Otis' wife Zelma Redding and daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, and original band members Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones.

This first-ever television documentary about Otis Redding follows him from childhood and marriage to the Memphis studios and segregated Southern clubs where he honed his unique stage act and voice.

Through unseen home movies, the film reveals how Otis's 1967 tour of Britain dramatically changed his life and music. Also featured are British fans whose lives were changed by seeing him, among them Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Bryan Ferry.


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