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Otis Redding

Born on 9/9/41 in Dawson, GA. Killed in a plane crash in Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin on 12/10/67. Soul singer/songwriter/producer/pianist. Sang duets with Carla Thomas. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

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The definition of a rock n' roll singer is Otis Redding.

  • Mar 11, 2011
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Otis Redding is the most underrated live performer. If you want to see the best performance ever by a rock star then check out Redding's appearance at the Monterey Pop festival. Backed up by Booker T and The MGs, Redding gives the hippie crowd a fast paced and electrifying performance. His rendition of Satisfaction, Shake and Respect are truly mind blowing. After watching his uncut performance on youtube I went out and bought a couple of his live albums. I never knew he was such a live wire on stage. When he was firing on all cylinders Otis Redding couldn't be stopped. Before hearing him live, I heard a couple of studio albums and he sounded laid back, soulful and mellow. But live, that's another story.

If you want the definition of a true rock n' roll singer it's Otis Redding.

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review by . October 26, 2010
I was 16 when I first heard Otis Redding and the song was "Dock of the Bay." I knew every word by its second listening. It just spoke to me --     "Look like nothing's gonna change  Everything still remains the same  I can't do what ten people tell me to do  So I guess I'll remain the same, yes    Sittin' here resting my bones  And this loneliness won't leave me alone"    I got busy looking for my …
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One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern "deep soul" — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads. He was also the most consistent exponent of the Stax sound, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update R&B into modern soul. His death at the age of 26 was tragic not just because he seemed on the verge of breaking through to a wide pop audience (which he would indeed do with his posthumous number one single "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay"). It was also unfortunate because, as "Dock of the Bay" demonstrated, he was also at a point of artistic breakthrough in terms of the expression and sophistication of his songwriting and singing.

Although Redding at his peak was viewed as a consummate, versatile showman, he began his recording career in the early '60s as a Little Richard-styled shouter. The Georgian was working in the band of guitarist Johnny Jenkins at the time, and in 1962 he took advantage of an opportunity to record the ballad "These Arms of Mine" at a Jenkins session. When it became an R&B hit, Redding's solo career was truly on its way, though the hits didn't really start to fly until 1965 and 1966, when "Mr. Pitiful," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Can't Turn You Loose," a cover of the...

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