Otis Redding, singer
birth name: Otis Ray Redding, Jr.

Otis Redding

September 9, 1941 Dawson, GA ~ December 10, 1967 in Madison, WI

Otis Redding's grainy voice and galvanizing stage shows made him one of the greatest soul singers of all time. At the time of his death, he was being hailed as the King of Southern Soul and was making his first significant impact on the pop audience after years as a favorite among blacks. Redding's songs have been covered by numerous artists: Aretha Franklin recorded the definitive version of ‘Respect,’ taking it to Number One in 1967; more than two decades later, the Black Crowes scored a hit with Redding's ‘Hard to Handle.’ ~ Rolling Stone: Otis Redding ~ retrieved August 21, 2013 © Rolling Stone

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September 9, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Seal, Kiss From A Rose ~ #2 (1) Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone ~ #1 (2) Coolio featuring L.V., Gangsta's Paradise


Otis Redding ~ Ranked #21 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “The first time we saw Otis Redding was in 1962, and he was driving a car for Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers out of Macon, Georgia. They had a moderate hit, an instrumental called “Love Twist,” and they wanted to record a follow-up in Memphis with my band, Booker T. and the MGs. I saw this big guy get out from behind the wheel and go to the back of the truck and start unloading equipment. That was Otis. And we had no idea he was also a singer.” ~ Al Jackson, Jr, Booker T. & the MG's ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

In 1995 three songs by Otis Redding made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Shake ~ (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay ~ Try A Little Tenderness

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