Monday, September 9, 2013

Sept. 9: Otis Redding, "Dock of the Bay," Try a Little Tenderness" was born on this date.

Often called the "King of Soul", Otis, who was born in the town of Dawson, Georgia, is renowned for the strong emotion he evoked through his singing voice.

Otis Ray Redding, Jr., was only 26 when he died on December 9, 1967, along with four members of his backup band, The Bar-Kays, when his Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin after a performance in Cleveland. He died one month before his biggest hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," was released.


According to the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - where he was inducted in 1989 - Redding's name is "synonymous with the term soul, music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm and blues into a form of funky, secular testifying."

 Some of his hits were "Try A Little Tenderness," "(I Can`t Get No) Satisfaction," "Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (Sad Song)," "Bring It On Home To Me" (with Carla Thomas and "I Can`t Turn You Loose." He co-wrote the hit, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" with Jerry Butler of The Impressions.

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