The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the life and music of Hall of Fame inductee Otis Redding with an exhibit and film screening. Redding would have been 70 on September 9. That day, the Hall of Fame will unveil a spotlight exhibit with more than 20 artifacts in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall. On Wednesday, September 7, the Museum will screen the film Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.
Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding features 16 complete performances filmed throughout American and Europe showcasing why Otis is considered one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Interspersed between the songs are 40 minutes of interviews filmed exclusively for this DVD with Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MGs), Jim Stewart (founder of Stax Records), Wayne Jackson (Memphis Horns), and Otis Redding’s wife Zelma. The film includes staggering versions of “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Respect,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Try a Little Tenderness” (filmed the day before Otis’ tragic death) and more, all in re-mastered sound and video. Produced by Reelin’ in the Years Productions, this 90-minute film is the first full-length program to commemorate the legacy of Otis Redding and paints a stirring portrait of an artist whose music remains as powerful and influential as it was 40 years ago.
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