Satisfaction – Otis Redding | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#31) and R&B (#4); 1966

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

When Atlantic engineer Tom Dowd saw Otis Redding in July of 1965, he was knocked out by the singer’s commanding presence; noting that only Ray Charles and Bobby Darin had been so aware of what they wanted to achieve in the studio. The occasion was a landmark 24 hour session to record Otis Blue. The first half lasted from 10 in the morning eight in the evening, when several members of the house band split for live gigs. Two in the morning found them back in the studio where they spent another six hours laying down tracks. One of the songs recorded after midnight was Satisfaction. During a break, guitarist Steve Cropper played the Rolling Stones original for the guys in the band. When Otis returned to the mic, he read through the lyrics a few times, then launched into his vocal. Released almost seven months later as a single, Otis’ blistering take on Satisfaction ripped up the R&B chart; topping out at #4 in the spring of 1966.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jagger–Richards