This is without doubt one of the smoothest songs ever recorded bar none, from undoubtedly one of the greatest soul singers of all time. It is still a crying shame that Redding was passed away aged only 26. There was so much more left for him to give.
As for the song itself it was written by Redding and his guitarist Steve Cropper and it was recorded just days before the singers’ untimely death in a plane crash on 10th December 1967. The track was released shortly after on 8th January 1968. It swiftly went to number 1 in the US singles chart making it the 1st ever posthumous single to ever go to number 1. The track was also released in the UK were it charted at number 3.
Everyone has covered this record from Bob Dylan to T-Rex but for me the original is by far and away the best.
Continue to rest in peace Otis, you may be gone but your music will live on forever.