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That's How Strong My Love Is by Otis Redding
Album: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul BalladsReleased: 1965Charted:
This was written by Memphis hospital worker Roosevelt Jamison, and was originally recorded by O.V. Wright on a small local label.
Redding recorded this and released it as single immediately before his first Top 40 hit "I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now)." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
The Rolling Stones, who were big fans of Redding and recorded many Blues and Soul covers in their early years, recorded this in 1965 and released it on their Out Of Our Heads
album. Redding reciprocated by recording a version of The Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Former Simply Red lead singer, Mick Hucknall, covered the tune in 2013 for the lead single from his debut album, American Soul. Hucknall told Billboard magazine that he's known the song all his life, beginning with Redding's version, but he also has an affinity for later covers. "The song never seemed to go away and I was reminded of it over the years by covers of it from the likes of Candi Staton and the Stones," he said "I guess its power and universal appeal lies in the simplicity of its message. What I like about our version is the modern production Andy Wright has given it and the driving rhythm which makes it great to sing and to perform live."