Released September 15th, 1965, the album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul is approaching its 50th anniversary. After several years out of print, Rhino Records is re-releasing its two-CD collector’s edition of the album on Sept. 18th for a list price of $15.98. The set includes stereo and mono mixes of the original recordings (featuring Redding backed by Booker T & the MG’s, Isaac Hayes and the Mar-Keys horns), plus previously unreleased alternate mixes and selections from Redding’s live albums Live at the Whisky A Go Go and Live in Europe.
Coinciding with the re-release, Rhino is coordinating with the Otis Redding Estate to appeal to the public for help identifying the woman in the album’s cover photograph. The photo was a stock image license for use on the cover, and the photographer, Peter Sahula, told Stax Museum archivist Tim Sampson that “I’m almost sure this is Dagmar [Dreger], but I can’t find any others from that shooting, and her face is in shadow. So it’s hard for me even to be sure…” He added that it’s also possible it’s Nico, the German singer and model who sang with the Velvet Underground, and who was also an occasional model for Sahula.
Using a combination of Otis Redding’s Facebook reach and other online efforts, the hope is that the worldwide online community can track down Dreger to confirm if it is indeed her on the cover. Join the search by following @OtisRedding on Facebook or Twitter, and contribute information with the hashtag #FindDagmar.