July 30, 2011 by Amy Gold
Singer-songwriter Otis Redding makes an astounding return to the Billboard Charts (R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) after some 42 years with the rap song, "Otis," by Jay-Z and Kanye West. This song, which samples Redding's 1967 hit, "Try A Little Tenderness," pays tribute to the late soul legend. "Otis" was premiered on July 20 on Funkmaster Flex's show on WQHT (Hot 97) New York. The song is included on the rappers' new album (shown here to the left), Watch The Throne, which is slated to be released this August.
After his untimely death at age 26 in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, Redding continued to have a string of hits through 1969 on both the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 Charts. His last charting songs were "Love Man," which peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 (debut date: May 24, 1969), and "Free Me," which peaked at #30 on the R&B Charts (debut date: Aug. 16, 1969). Both of these songs are included on his album, Love Man, which was recorded in 1967 and released posthumously in 1969.