Otis Redding

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

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.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Just because you can sample Otis Redding doesn't necessarily mean that you should.
One of his first signings was Macon native Otis Redding.
We'll play Otis Redding or Sam Cooke and then bust out some Iron Maiden.
Try these: Otis Redding, Otis Blue; Sam Cooke at the Copa HUDSON MOHAWKE, LANTERN WHAT'S good about this second album from Scottish DJ/producer Hudson Mohawke?
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Bring It |On Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke (Ace) THAT Sam Cooke ranks alongside lauded performers such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Etta James as one of the greatest soul singers of all time is beyond question.
NEW YORK -- To hear comedian Derek Waters tell it, the idea for "Drunk History'' came about when "New Girl'' actor Jake Johnson had a few drinks and was trying to tell him a passionate anecdote about the late singer Otis Redding.
ELECTRIC PERFORMER OTIS REDDING: SOUL AMBASSADOR BBC4, 9pm THE electrifying live footage of Otis Redding - and there's a rich abundance of it - is the main draw here.
Once the in-house band for the Stax label, Booker T and the MGs remain in a class of their own, living, breathing survivors of a musical movement which once gave birth to the immortal sounds of the likes of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.
Michael's singing style has drawn comparison with the likes of Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Van Morrison and his debut studio album, Home Again, was released in March and reached number four in the UK album chart.
Once short on confidence to sing his own songs, it was upon discovering Bob Dylan and Otis Redding, especially their phrasing, that he gave it ago.
As an up and coming star in Jamaica, Toots met such visiting American greats as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.