It was supposed to be the beginning of a terrific new chapter in Otis Redding's career: a monumental leap in depth and success, as evidenced by the title track, recorded just days before his death (and that of 4 members of his band The Bar-Kays) in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. Instead, the album became a posthumous closure for one of the greatest voices in Southern Soul. The other songs were a mix of singles and B-sides gathered together by producer/guitarist Steve Cropper going back to '65, giving it little cohesion. And, it remains one of his most revered albums, 45 years later. WNCW salutes Otis on what would be his 72nd birthday.