Flashback Friday: Bill Withers and Otis Redding

Welcome to a Very Special Edition of Flashback Friday. And unlike the Very Special episodes of Good Times and Diff’rent Strokes, this edition won’t be depressing.

Georgia Mae fan Hunter Murphy passed along so many great gems that this week’s column will consist solely of Hunter’s selections. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Take it away, Hunter!

Bill Withers, Still Bill (1972)

“I just can’t EVER get over Mr. Bill Withers (from Slab Fork, W.Va, no less). He’s just too good. ‘Oh, my friends feel it’s their appointed duty….’ Bless you, Bill.”

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Otis Redding, The Otis Redding Story (1987)

“Yes, ‘Tramp,’ ‘Sittin on the Dock,’ and ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ are smokin’, I agree, but what about a lesser known tune about a bad break-up and an indelible image left in Mr. Redding’s head? Listen to ‘You Left the Water Running.’ I wrote a book about a Tuscaloosa student and in some ways, I think I wrote it for Otis.”

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Now, it’s your turn. Email edward@soulinstereo.com, hit us up on Twitter @etbowser or @writeousbabe, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album.  Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. We’ll feature your album on the blog.


  1. Awwww, sookie. Look at me, movin’ on up on GeorgiaMae like George Jefferson. Weezy! (You paid a great tribute to a great 80s dad, indeed, Mr. MANtra.).

    In the “Use Me” video, is that drummer not the coolest dude to ever don shades? What a phat cat.

    And OTIS, mercy, so good to see that video here. I ain’t mad atchya. Matter of fact, I appreciate you. 🙂 Thanks for the shout. I hope you have a great Friday and weekend! Talk soon!

  2. Hunter, we are so excited to feature your picks today. Thanks for supporting Georgia Mae and for all you do for B’ham!

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