On this day in music history: September 15, 19…

On this day in music history: September 15, 1965 – “Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul”, the third album by Otis Redding is released. Produced by Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, it is recorded at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, TN from April 19 – July 9 – 10, 1965. It features covers of three songs by Redding’s idol Sam Cooke, as well as originals “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (#2 R&B, #21 Pop) and “Respect” (#4 R&B, #35 Pop). The album also becomes a big hit in the UK both through word of mouth and a now legendary tour that features Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG’s. In time it is acclaimed as a landmark R&B album, and one that helps to define the “Memphis Soul” sound. In 2008, Rhino Records releases a remastered version of the album featuring both the stereo and mono mixes along with non-LP B-sides, alternate takes and tracks from his live albums “In Person At The Whisky A Go Go” and “Live In Europe”.  The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1991, and the original mono mix is reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Sundazed Records in 2001. In 2008, a two CD expanded edition featuring both the mono and stereo mixes of the album is released, with the second disc also containing live tracks and other previously unreleased material. “Otis Blue” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart on October 30, 1965, peaking at number seventy five on the Top 200.