Otis Redding was raised around gospel music but soon became fascinated by R&B and the blues, particularly fellow Georgian, Little Richard. Redding launched his recording career with She's Alright, before the single These Arms Of Mine was released by Volt Records. The aching ballad debuted in the USA charts and Redding subsequently enjoyed a string of hits including further ballads such as Pain In My Heart, and I've Been Loving You Too Long, alongside more upbeat efforts such as Mr. Pitiful, and the classic Respect. Despite widespread acclaim, Redding's breakthrough didn't come until 1965, with the staggering Otis Blue which balanced Redding's originals alongside eclectic covers such as (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, and Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come. An appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival suggested that he was on the verge of a breakthrough, but in 1967, he sadly died when his aircraft crashed in Wisconsin - an accident that also killed several members of the band The Bar-Kays. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, a song that he had only put down three days before, would go on to be his only ever number 1.
Followers: Aretha Franklin, Z.Z. Hill, Ted Hawkins
Influenced By: Sam Cooke, Little Richard, James Carr...