Otis Redding

Otis Redding (Sept. 9, 1941 — Dec. 10, 1967) was an American soul singer who issued a string of singles on Stax-subsidiary Volt between 1962 and 1965, including “These Arms of Mine” and the original “Respect” (later made famous by Aretha Franklin).

Over the ensuing two-year period, he recorded multiple albums for the label, charting with “Try a Little Tenderness,” immortalized during his appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. That December, he was killed along with four members of his backing band, The Bar-Kays, when their touring plane crashed into Lake Monona. Just prior to his death, he recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which became the first posthumous #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

He was born Otis Ray Redding Jr. on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Ga. He was the fourth of six children and the first son borne to Fannie Roseman and sharecropper, serviceman, and preacher Otis Redding Sr.


  • Pain in My Heart (1964)
  • The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965)
  • Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
  • The Soul Album (1966)
  • Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (1966)
  • King & Queen (1967 • Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
  • Live in Europe (1967)
  • The Immortal Otis Redding (1968)
  • In Person at the Whisky a Go Go (1968)
  • Love Man (1969)
  • Tell the Truth (1970)
  • Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1970 • Otis Redding / The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  • It’s Not Just Sentimental (archival, 1992)
  • Dock of the Bay Sessions (archival, 2018)


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