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Otis Redding – Signed Publishing Contract For 2nd Stax/Volt Single

An original signed contract for Otis Redding’s song “That’s What My Heart Needs,” whereby he sells the publishing rights to the song to East Publications, Inc. (one of Stax’s publishing companies.) Redding agrees to be paid 5 cents per copy sold (the standard rate at the time) and 50% of revenue for sheet music, licenses and performance income. Dated April 29, 1963 it is autographed in blue ink by Otis Redding and signed on behalf of East Publications by Jim Stewart, the legendary founder of Stax Records (Stewart at the time he founded Stax was a bank teller; his sister and future partner, Estelle Axton mortgaged her house to buy Stax a tape recorder.) ‘That’s What My Heart Needs’ was Redding’s second Stax/Volt single (released in 1963) and appears on his 1962 debut album, ‘Pain In My Heart.’ Authentic Otis Redding autograps are rare indeed; this original contract, signed by Redding (who died in 1967) and Stewart, for a track on his first album, is a truly museum quality collectible. As with everything we offer, this is guaranteed authentic with no time limit (in writing.)

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