Hier soirée, j’ai répondu à la question de Caramel, le «Caramel Crunch». Ce matin, j’ai présenté une chanson magnifique du chanteur américain, William Bell. Et maintenant, une autre chanson pour vous, une chanson française, très célèbre:
Hmmmmmmm… Diamonds, emeralds, jade, pearls, rubies, sapphires … they all sound like they might be tributes to a king.
So, what better song to choose than A Tribute To a King, by William Bell. Recorded as a tribute to Otis Redding. Bell was a recording artis in his own right, on the same label as Otis. We lost Otis in a plane crash outside Manison, Wisconsin in December 1967, and Bell penned this homage shortly afterwards. Bell is still with us, aged 80.
This song was only ever released as a B side, so it has no pedigree. It is just one that I heard many years ago, and it has stayed with me.
Listen, people, listen I’m gonna sing you a song About a man who lived good But didn’t live too long
He was born in Macon, Georgia A poor boy without a dime He found his way to Memphis Singing These Arms Of Mine
(CHORUS) Otis, Otis Redding was his name Without his soulful singing This old world won’t be the same
Now he traveled on to Frisco New York and abroad Everywhere he sangThe people would applaud
One day he left Georgia Wisconsin bound But he didn’t get to sing that night The plane he was in went down
He was a soul music singer The king of the Memphis sound It makes me feel so sad Cause now he ain’t around
He died with his guitar Close to his hands But his soul lives on today In the heart of a million fans
Talking about (CHORUS)
Otis, Otis Redding was his name His picture oughta be hung In the music hall of fame
Otis, he was known as Big O Otis, we gonna miss him so Otis, ooh, yeah, We gonna miss him so