The Beatles Cover of the Day- “Day Tripper” by Otis Redding. The Beatles “Day Tripper” was a #5 hit in the US and a #1 in the UK- it was released by The Beatles as their Christmas single in 1965. A couple years later the great Otis Redding gave us his version- it was released as a single but didn’t do much on the charts in the UK it went to #43- in the US it went nowhere- but it is a great performance. Otis has one best groups of musicians in the world at the time backing him up- in Booker T. & The MG’s. Motown had far more hits- they were Hitsville USA- but I have always preferred that Stax recordings out of Memphis- Gritty soul. Motown was more pop than soul in the 1960’s.