Paul Rodgers has released a cover of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," a cut from his upcoming album of Memphis soul covers, The Royal Sessions, due February 4.
"I had been playing in groups since I was 13 or 14, and suddenly Otis' band became my ideal band. They played from a deeper place," Rodgers told Rolling Stone of Otis' influence on him.
"The one thing I loved about blues and soul was the way they taught the world how to express such deep feelings. I was brought up in a fairly emotionally repressed kind of society in Northeast England where one didn't express emotions and was expected to keep a stiff upper lip. But I felt that the part of me that was born to be a singer needed to share these kinds of emotions, and through Otis, I found a much-yearned-for outlet for this."
Rodgers version of "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is currently streaming via SoundCloud.
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