SINGER REDDING TO BE KILLED IN PLANE CRASH FOR ELUSIVE #1 HIT ON POP CHARTS
(Memphis, TN) – What some people won’t do for a hit record! But soul singer Otis Redding has them all beat. At a hastily arranged press conference outside Stax-Volt recording studios, Redding announced yesterday that he was scheduled to be killed in a plane crash in three days time to boost flagging record sales.
While the songwriter and vocalist placed his last four albums in the US R&B charts’ Top 10, they have consistently failed to go even Top 40 in the US Pop charts. This has prompted Stax executives’ somewhat desperate plan.
“We felt,” said a smiling Redding, “that I haven’t had Pop Chart success commensurate with my talent and influence and, further, extreme measures were required.”
Redding told gathered reporters that his upcoming #1 single, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” had to be rush-recorded before the fiery air accident. “They didn’t give me much time,” the Georgia-born singer joked. “I even had to whistle the last verse because I hadn’t finished the lyrics!”
The song will be the title track for Redding’s first posthumous release, a hodge-podge compilation of non-Lp singles, b-sides and a couple already-released songs. It was assembled by guitarist Steve Cropper and features liner notes by Rolling Stone/Crawdaddy! writer and future Bruce Springsteen manager, Jon Landau.
Unlike many such cash-ins, Dock of the Bay will be an excellent album and will reach number four in the US Album charts.
Said Stax boss Jim Stewart simply: “Death sells, especially when the product’s this good.”
The last of Sunday’s Ashford haul.