Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter. He is a great singer in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Nicknamed the "King of Soul", 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 age two, moved to Macon. 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 hit single, "These Arms of Mine", in 1962.
Stax released Redding's d...
|Born||9 Sep. 1941, in Dawson|
|Died||10 Dec. 1967 (Aged: 26), in Madison|
Zelma Redding (1961-1967)
|Children||Otis Redding IIIDexter Redding|
|Label(s)||ATCO RecordsAtlanticRhinoVoltRhino AtlanticStaxAtlantic & ATCO Remasters SeriesSundazed MusicWarner Strategic MarketingWarner Special Products|