Otis Redding

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Legal name: Otis Ray Redding, Jr.

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Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee, and exemplify the sound of Stax.

Born and raised in the US state of Georgia, Redding quit school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. 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 single, "These Arms of Mine," in 1962. Stax released Redding's debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later.

Initially popular mainly with African-Americans, Redding later reached a wider American pop music audience. Along with his group, he first played small gigs in the American South. He later performed at the popular Los Angeles night club Whisky a Go Go and toured Europe, performing in London, Paris and other major cities. He also performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Shortly before his death in a plane crash, Redding wrote and recorded his iconic "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album The Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Redding's premature death devastated Stax. Already on the verge of bankruptcy, the label soon discovered that Atlantic Records owned the rights to his entire song catalog.

Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness" are among his best-known songs.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Pain in My Heart Otis Redding 3
1965 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads Otis Redding 1
1965 Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul Otis Redding 5 13
1966 The Soul Album Otis Redding 2
1966 Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Otis Redding 5
1967 King & Queen Otis Redding & Carla Thomas 2
1968 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 8
1968 The Immortal Otis Redding Otis Redding 3
1969 Love Man Otis Redding 3
1970 Tell the Truth Otis Redding 2
1989 Greatest Hits Otis Redding 1
1993 Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul Otis Redding 1
2012 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads Otis Redding 1
2012 The Inmortal Otis Redding Otis Redding 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 History of Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
1968 History Of Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
1972 The Best of Otis Redding Otis Redding 2
1984 The Best of Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
1986 The Ultimate Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
1987 The Definitive Collection: The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 3 3
1989 The Otis Redding Story Otis Redding 1
1992 Remember Me Otis Redding 1
1992 The Very Best of Otis Redding Otis Redding 3 2
1993 Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
1993 Greatest Hits Otis Redding 1
1995 The Very Best of Otis Redding, Volume 2 Otis Redding 1
1997 I've Been Loving You Too Long and Other Hits Otis Redding 1
1997 Shake and Other Hits Otis Redding 1
1998 Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology Otis Redding 1
2000 It's Not Just Sentimental Otis Redding 1
2000 The Very Best of Otis Redding Otis Redding 2
2002 Aretha & Otis Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding 1
2004 Deep Memphis Soul Otis Redding 1
2005 Legends of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 1
2005 Love Songs Otis Redding 1
2006 Stax Profiles: Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
2006 The Definitive Soul Collection Otis Redding 1
2006 Tutto Otis: The King of Soul Otis Redding 1
2010 Original Album Series (Otis Redding) Otis Redding 1
2010 100 Hits Legends: Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
2011 Soul Legend: The Very Best of Otis Redding Otis Redding 1
2012 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding Together Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 1
2013 Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding Otis Redding 2
2013 The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection Otis Redding 1
2013 Original Album Series, Volume 2 Otis Redding 1
2014 The King of Soul Otis Redding 1
2015 Studio Albums Collection Otis Redding 1
2015 Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970 Otis Redding 1
16 Original Hits Otis Redding 1
Dreams to Remember Otis Redding 2
Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Otis Redding 1
Groovin' Time Otis Redding 1
I've Been Lovin' You Too Long Otis Redding 1
It's Not Just Sentimental Otis Redding 1
Otis Redding The Platinum Collection Otis Redding 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Live in Europe Otis Redding 5 3
1968 In Person at the Whisky a Go Go Otis Redding 2
1970 Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival Otis Redding / The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1
1982 Recorded Live: Previously Unreleased Performances Otis Redding 1
1993 Good to Me Recorded Live at the Whiskey a Go Go, Volume 2 Otis Redding 1
2008 Live in London & Paris Otis Redding 1
2010 Live on the Sunset Strip Otis Redding 1
2013 Live in Europe Otis Redding 1
Live Otis Redding 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 These Arms of Mine / Hey Hey Baby Otis Redding 1
1963 That's What My Heart Needs / Mary's Little Lamb Otis Redding 1
1965 I Can't Turn You Loose / Just One More Day Otis Redding 1
1965 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) / I'm Depending on You Otis Redding 1
1968 (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 1
1968 White Christmas / Merry Christmas Baby (single) Otis Redding 1
1968 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag / Direct Me Otis Redding 1
1968 Hard to Handle / Amen Otis Redding 1
1968 I've Got Dreams to Remember Otis Redding 1
1992 Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Try a Little Tenderness - Live in Stockolm 4th June 1967 Otis Redding 1

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