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Otis Redding

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Dawson, Georgia (1962 – 1967)

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

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  • Hallshaster

    Amazing, MASSIVE voice. Truly the king of large voices. I like putting a little Otis on when I'm making my morning oatmeal. I like to call it "otismeal." When it's good and piping hot, I slowly pour it on my face and scream in high horror. I have so many otis-burns on my face. Must be ghastly, but I don't own a mirror so I could care less. When the neighbors see me they say, "Oh my god, are you okay?" Isn't that just rich? I'm fucking SICK of these nosey neighbors snoutin' around my little otis-face.

    17 Aug 3:01am Reply
  • Harry_01

    His voice is amazing, damn.

    24 Jul 3:18pm Reply
  • JuniorWaldorf

    HUGE VOICE

    21 Jul 6:57pm Reply
  • sweatbloodtears

    the true king of soul

    22 Jun 1:56am Reply
  • Shundrik

    These Arms of Mine

    4 Jun 12:58am Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Hey Little Girl, you're sweet as honey and I'm about to give you all of my money ...... All I want is for you to give me a little respect when I come home ...... What you want Baby you got it ....... What you need Baby you got it ....... All I want is just a little bite of respect when I come home ........ Just a little bit of respect when I come home ....... Hey, Hey, Hey ...... Mr. Redding you would've had all the respect you needed ...... I loved this Man and I loved his Music .........

    22 May 1:52pm Reply
  • fermac147

    my girl

    13 May 12:23pm Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    and i am in that mood at this very momentOhYeah

    28 Mar 3:57pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    pretty good for a certain mood

    24 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • businessera

    cant stop whistling

    18 Jan 12:25pm Reply
  • ixab_

    Try a Little Tenderness - epic

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cousinbull

    "Otis,my man..."

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    I've got dreams to remember, listen to me Mama.. ♫♪ [2]

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stuntcat

    I've got dreams to remember, listen to me Mama.. ♫♪

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheSoulKing

    Fenomeno <3

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • notthatkind8

    My god, I love that guy!

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • psychodelicje

    lovely

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Leander_Caesar

    Uma palavra: Clássico. P'ra quem gostou, recomendo também Al Green.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    Oh Otizzz

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    Otis is one of VERY few singers who can get away with mangling the lyrics to his cover songs. It never matters. He OWNS the song as soon as he opens his mouth.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
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