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When Barry and Robin Gibb wrote “To Love Somebody,” they hoped Otis Redding would end up singing it, but, tragically, Otis died not long after they got the chance to play it for him. But the song did end up getting the Memphis soul treatment it was always intended to have when James Carr, the singer that those in the know consider to be Otis’ only equal (and some consider to be the best soul singer, full-stop), covered the Bee Gees hit in 1969. And he simply tore it to shreds.
James Carr only had a couple of minor hits and passed away in relative obscurity, but trust us when we say that if you ever gave a damn about an old soul song, you need to hear this man’s music. Now.