Otis ReddingBorn 9 September 1941. Died 10 December 1967
Otis Redding Biography (Wikipedia)
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.
Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia, and at the age of 2, moved to Macon, Georgia. Redding quit school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and by performing in talent shows at the historic Douglass Theatre in Macon. 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 shows 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.
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Funk Family Tree: Rufus Thomas - Stanley Turrentine
- The Funk Family Tree: Teddy Pendergrass - The Mar-Keyshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04phtnb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04phtnb.jpg2017-01-14T20:11:00.000ZThe Funk Family Tree branches out from Teddy Pendergrass to The Mar-Keys, via McFadden & Whitehead and Otis Redding. Where next?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04phtqk
The Funk Family Tree: Teddy Pendergrass - The Mar-Keys
- The Funk & Soul Years - 1967https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j1cjj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j1cjj.jpg2015-01-31T20:45:00.000ZCraig takes you back to 1967 - The Summer of Love - for The Funk & Soul Years.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02j1cjz
The Funk & Soul Years - 1967
- Otis Redding is inducted into the Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cfj0j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cfj0j.jpg2013-07-07T20:00:00.000ZRadio 2 listener Jacki Harrison in Stanley, Lincolnshire nominates Otis Redding for Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01cfj0p
Otis Redding is inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame
- Tom Dowd on Otis Reddinghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016v0x1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016v0x1.jpg2013-03-21T22:00:00.000ZJohnny Walker talks with American recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd about Otis Redding recording an album in one weekend and fitting in a gig on Saturday night!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p016v0xf
Tom Dowd on Otis Redding
Otis Redding Tracks