Otis Redding

Otis Redding



Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding's style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s, such as James Carr and Freddie Jackson. (Woodstra and Elewine) During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Born and raised in the US state of Georgia, Redding quit school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins's band, the Pinetoppers, with whom he toured the Southern states as a singer and driver. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, "These Arms of Mine", in 1962.

Stax released Redding's debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later. Initially popular mainly with African-Americans, Redding later reached a wider American pop music audience. Along with his group, he first played small gigs in the American South. He later performed at the popular Los Angeles night club Whisky a Go Go and toured Europe, performing in London, Paris and other major cities. He also performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Shortly before his death in a plane crash, Redding wrote and recorded his iconic "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album The Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. Redding's premature death devastated Stax. Already on the verge of bankruptcy, the label soon discovered that the Atco division of Atlantic Records owned the rights to his entire song catalog.

Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness" are among his best-known songs.



Stax Classics
Stax Classics is an album by musical artist Otis Redding, released on May 19, 2017.
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper.
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, or simply Otis Blue, released September 15, 1965 on Stax Records, is the third studio album by soul singer Otis Redding.
"Respect" is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965.

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The Stax Museum Honors Otis Redding and The Bar-Kays on Their 50th Anniversary
  –  December 10, 2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Stax Museum of American Soul Music honored singer and song writer Otis Redding along with members of The Bar-Kays Sunday, marking the 50 th anniversary of their deaths. Redding and members of The Bar-Kays died on ...
Remembering Otis Redding and family, 50 years after his untimely death
  –  December 10, 2017
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Fifty years ago Sunday, a small plane carrying the great soul singer Otis Redding crashed ... which makes the "Junior" I knew Otis Redding III. Big O. continues to have a huge influence on music and on the lives of those who knew ...
Tribute to Otis Redding
  –  December 9, 2017
Here is music writer Marc Myers describing what happened on CBC Radio's Q: In 1989, Otis Redding was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by the other famous R&B singer from his home-town, Little Richard. You can learn more about Otis Redding by ...
Highlights: Paying Tribute to Otis Redding
  –  December 3, 2017
Listening to that music all those years, and then tackling it ... Carlos Ocasio leads a parade of Upper Valley musicians in a tribute to soul singer Otis Redding at the Briggs Opera House on Friday night from 7 to 10. Admission is $20, with proceeds ...
Inside Otis Redding's Final Masterpiece '(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay'
  –  December 10, 2017
Al Bell, then a Stax executive, says that he told Redding he was getting pegged as a genre musician ... Otis Redding," to which she replied with a hint of dismay, "Oh, God, you are changing." Redding responded, "It's time for me to change in my music."
Otis Redding playlist: ‘Stompers’ and heartbreakers from the King of Soul
  –  December 10, 2017
Otis Redding came up the hard way ... which remains a keynote recording in the history of not only soul but popular music as a whole. A fine songwriter, producer and arranger, Redding’s talent was limitless. A dynamic live performer, he first wowed ...


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