"These Arms of Mine" is a song written by soul musician Otis Redding. Redding, at that time a member of Teacake's Band, consisting of lead guitarist Johnny Jenkins, bassist Pat Teacake and himself, served as the driver for Jenkins, as he did not possess a driver's license. Atlantic Records representative Joe Galkin showed interest in Jenkins and proposed to send him to a studio. On the way to a gig, Redding had the opportunity to perform the songs "Hey Hey Baby" and "These Arms of Mine", as the set of Jenkins and the house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s ended earlier than proposed.
The performance of the latter song was highly praised; Jim Stewart was so impressed that he gave him a contract to Stax, which he signed soon after. "These Arms of Mine" became his first single on Stax, with "Hey Hey Baby" on the B-side. After a series of unsuccessful songs, "These Arms of Mine" became Redding's first successful single and sold around 800,000 copies. The song was later included in Redding's debut album, Pain in My Heart.
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