Otis Redding

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Redding, Otis

(1941–67) vocalist; born in Dawson, Ga. One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, he was raised in Macon, Ga., where he began as an imitator of Little Richard's manic style. He sang with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers between 1959–62 playing colleges in the Southeast and making several singles for regional labels. In 1962 he made "These Arms of Mine" in his signature ballad style for Stax Records in Memphis. His performance at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in 1963 confirmed him as a leader in the rhythm-and-blues field, but he did not gain mainstream acceptance until his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He died in a plane crash in December of that year. The posthumously-released ballad "Dock of the Bay" became his first number one hit early in 1968.
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The sharp-suited rock and soul four-piece certainly became a huge, seemingly overnight hit in the UK, where critics likened them to a mash-up of such greats as James Brown, Led Zeppelin and Otis Reading.
The sharp-suited rock and soul four-piece certainly became a huge hit in the UK, where critics likened them to a mash-up of such greats as James Brown, Led Zeppelin and Otis Reading.
He said: "I was conditioned/exposed from a young age to all kinds of music, from Pink Floyd to Otis Reading, or The Cure to Sade, so I guess you could say that my musical path began from an early age.
At Bull Run, the pair will be celebrating the music recorded at Alabama's Muscle Shoals Sound Studio Co a list that includes Otis Reading, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Lou Rawls Co so clearly, they'll have some great material to work with, in addition to their own songs.
When they started blasting out the hits of Wilson PicKett and Otis Reading the whole of Cross Church Street rocKed.
As you might expect the air if filled with soul classics from the likes of legends like Aretha, Otis Reading and Marvin Gaye, plus many others.
I'd always tell fans who'd done the original, so they checked out Otis Reading and Sam and Dave and all that.
There are all-time classics from Otis Reading (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road), Sting (Fields of Gold), Cat Stevens (Wild World) and Oasis (Don't Look Back in Anger).
As well as Otis Reading Jnr, Ian has played alongside the likes of Dana Gillespie and Bill Whyman's Rhythm Kings.
He says: ``I didn't take the p*** out of Memphis because I love the music made there by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Booker T, Otis Reading.
I appeared in a couple of plays in the States and have been lobbying to get the Otis Reading story made into a film.
I like Elvis, Otis Reading, Billy Holiday, Stone Roses, Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley, Sinead O'Connor, Massive Attack and U2 - one of the best bands of all time.