Otis Redding

Otis Redding

United States · Person · 1941–1967
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. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. 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. Read more »

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Otis Redding Honored With Memorial Marker in Georgia

Otis Redding has gotten his own memorial marker honoring his ties to the city of Gray, Ga., that will be unveiled Friday.  Otis Redding Makes Record-Setting Return to Charts After 41 Years The marker is designed like a vinyl record, with Redding on...


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