Happy Birthday Otis...  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
2665 posts
9/9/2006 8:33 pm

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Happy Birthday Otis...

I'm sure a good many of you "baby boomers" remember Otis Redding. He would have been 65 today. He was born September 9,1941 in Dawson, GA.

He began playing drums in school and was paid six dollars a hour on Sundays to accompany gospel groups appearing on local radio station WIBB. He quit school in the tenth grade..so he could help support his family.

Redding began his recording career in the early 1960's..working with the band of guitarist Johnny Jenkins. Redding recorded the ballad "These Arms of Mine" in 1962.

It became an R&B hit..launching his career as a solo artist. Over a span of about three years..his hits began to take gain more popularity..with such songs as "Mr. Pitiful".."I've Been Loving You Too Long".."I Can't Turn You Loose" and "Respect". Redding wrote a lot of his own material. His singles charted primarily on the "soul music" charts..getting little play in the "pop" listings.

Although the racism of the American radio industry limited the play his music received outside of the "soul" market..there were many white groups..like the Rolling Stones..that held a great deal of respect for the African American entertainer. The Rolling Stones covered his "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "Pain in My Heart". On of his biggest hits.."Tramp"..came in 1967..with Carla Thomas..fellow Stax recording star. This was the same year he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival..and was well received by the crowd and critics.

Redding's biggest hit (Sittin' On)"The Dock of the Bay"..was recorded just before his death. He died in a plane in Wisconsin on December 10, 1967..at the age 26. Otis Redding was one of the most influential soul singers of the 1960's.

References: "Heart & Soul -
A Celebration of Black Music Style in America 1930-1975"
by Merlis Davin Seay, Forward by Etta james

and the African American Registry

Picture: The Man Himself..Otis Redding


BlueEyedSoul65 51M
1027 posts
9/9/2006 8:54 pm

Very Very cool! I'm so glad to see such a wonderful tribute to an American legend. I've heard and loved his music for as long as I can even remember what music was.
Beautiful, thanks!

digdug41 49M

9/10/2006 6:34 am

I grew up listening to his music by way of moms he died exactly two months after I was born

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RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
9/11/2006 12:33 pm

"Dock of the Bay" always brings tears to my eyes. It remeinds me of the young woman I was with then. Every time I hear it I wonder what became of her, and what might have been. *sigh* Joe

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qyxx 59F
3267 posts
9/11/2006 7:58 pm

This is one of my favorite blogs....You keep it real


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