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Otis Redding

Otis Redding (Otis Ray Redding Jr., Dawson, Georgia, September 9, 1941 – Madison, Wisconsin, December 10, 1967) was a highly influential soul singer from Georgia, USA.

Redding was born in the small town of Dawson, Georgia. When he was 5, his family moved to Macon, Georgia. Redding sang in the choir at church, and as a teenager won the talent show at the Douglass Theatre for 15 weeks in a row. His early influences were Little Richard and Sam Cooke. Richard Pennyman (Little Richard) was also a Macon resident. Redding said, “If it hadn’t been for Litt ...read more

Otis Redding (Otis Ray Redding Jr., Dawson, Georgia, September 9, 1941 – Madison, Wisconsin, December 10, 1967) was a highly influential soul singer from Georgia, USA.

Redding was born in the small town of Dawson, Georgia. When he was 5, his family moved to Macon, Georgia. Redding sang in the choir at church, and as a teenager won the talent show at the Douglass Theatre for 15 weeks in a row. His early influences were Little Richard and Sam Cooke. Richard Pennyman (Little Richard) was also a Macon resident. Redding said, “If it hadn’t been for Little Richard, I would not be here. I entered the music business because of Richard; he is my inspiration. I used to sing like Little Richard, his Rock ‘n’ Roll stuff, you know. Richard has soul, too. My present music has a lot of him in it..

In 1960, Redding began touring the South with Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. In addition to singing, Redding also served as Jenkins’ driver since the bandleader did not possess a driver’s license. That same year he made his first recordings, “Fat Gal” and “Shout Bamalama” with this group under the name Otis Redding and The Pinetoppers issued on the Orbit and Confederate record labels before being picked up by King.

In 1962, Redding made his first real mark in the music business during a Johnny Jenkins session when, during studio time left over, he recorded “These Arms of Mine”, a ballad that he had written. The song became a minor hit. on Volt Records, a subsidiary of the renowned Southern soul label Stax, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Along with others such as Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Carla Thomas, Redding was a key exponent of the raw and electrifying “Southern Fried” soul sounds coming from Stax/Volt label. There were also similarities and interactions with atlantic artists such as Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin.

Redding’s death in an air crash, aged just 26, deprived soul music of one of its most promising stars. His biggest hit single, and a breakthrough to a mainstream audience, '(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay', was released posthumously. Other notable tracks are 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long', 'Try A Little Tenderness', 'Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)', 'Respect' (also a big hit for Aretha Franklin), 'I Can’t Turn You Loose', 'Mr Pitiful', 'Shake' and 'Tramp' (with Carla Thomas). « hide

Similar Bands: Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Al Green

LPs
The Dock of the Bay
1968

4.1
62 Votes
King & Queen
1967

4.3
9 Votes
Complete & Unbelievable
1966

4.3
23 Votes
The Soul Album
1966

4.3
20 Votes
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
1965

4.4
137 Votes
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
1965

4.2
10 Votes
Pain in My Heart
1964

4.1
15 Votes
Live Albums
Good to Me: Live at the Whisky a Go Go, Vol. 2
1993

In Person at the Whisky a Go Go
1968

4.3
3 Votes
Live in Europe
1967

4
6 Votes
Compilations
Otis! - The Definitive Otis Redding
1993

4.2
8 Votes
The Very Best of Otis Redding
1992

4.3
6 Votes
The Definitive Collection
1987

4.5
9 Votes
Tell the Truth
1970

4.2
3 Votes
Love Man
1969

4.5
1 Votes
The Immortal Otis Redding
1968

4.5
3 Votes

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