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 and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of 1960s and helped exemplify the Stax sound.

Born and raised in Georgia, United States, Redding left 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, and toured the Southern United States as a driver and musician. 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 popular music audience. Along with his group, he first played small gigs in the American South, then debuted in the western United States at L.A.'s popular night club the Whisky a Go Go. Later appearances included Paris, London and other European cities.

After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, 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 after his death in a plane crash. The Dock of the Bay became 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. He received the honorific nickname King of Soul. 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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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1964 Pain in My Heart Otis Redding 3
1965 The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads Otis Redding 2
1965 Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul Otis Redding 5 7
1966 The Soul Album Otis Redding 3
1966 Dictionary of Soul Otis Redding 5
1966 Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul Otis Redding 1
1967 King & Queen Otis Redding & Carla Thomas 2
1968 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 5
1968 The Immortal Otis Redding Otis Redding 2
1969 Love Man Otis Redding 2
Otis Redding The Platinum Collection Otis Redding 1
Pain in My Heart Otis Redding 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Live in Europe Live Otis Redding 5 1
1968 In Person at the Whisky a Go Go Live Otis Redding 1
1970 Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival Live Otis Redding / The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1
2008 Live in London & Paris Live Otis Redding 1

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