Otis Redding’s widow, Zelma, tells Uncut about her late husband in the new issue (dated August 2013 and out now).
Zelma recalls that Redding “always knew he was going to be a great singer”, and predicts what she believes Otis would be doing now if he had lived.
“We can’t say where Otis Redding would be today if he’d lived,” she says, “but he’d probably be huge, a mega-giant of a record company or a production company or a studio. He said he wasn’t going to get old on the road.”
The soul singer died in a plane crash in December 1967, just days after recording “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”, the sessions for which his wife and young children had attended.
Otis Redding’s The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection is also reviewed in the new issue of Uncut, out now.