Café Mouffe: Otis Redding On “Ready Steady Go!”

Set 1: Otis Redding. Ready Steady Go! Part 1.

After my 60s flashback with Dusty Springfield, I went looking for more clips from Ready Steady Go! The TV show caught the crest of British rock-and-roll in the mid-60s, featuring appearances by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and many more. RSG! pioneered new production values for TV musicals, including the switch from mimed to live performances. The Beatles lip-synced “Can’t Buy Me Love” in 1964. The Otis Redding sets presented here were the real deal, complete with Memphis horns. I can’t tell, though, whether legendary guitar guru Steve Cropper is in the line-up. RSG! didn’t air in the States until cable syndication in the 80s, but it influenced the “Mod” look of a lot of American TV that tried to latch on to the British Invasion.

RSG! aired on Friday nights with the kicker, The weekend starts here! Maybe Café Mouffe should steal that line.

Set 2: Otis Redding. Try A Little Tenderness. Catch your breath on the beginning of this one. It builds.

Set 3: Otis Redding Ready Steady Go! Part 3. (Part 2 of this performance seems to be missing on YouTube.)

Encore: You can’t leave Otis Redding without a salacious slow dance to I’ve Been Loving You and a whistle-along with (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. Guitarist Steve Cropper wrote this classic with Otis, who instructs him to stay on the mic for this take.

Café Mouffe opens every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the set notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.

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