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Otis Redding
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Otis Redding in January 1967
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Birth name Otis Ray Redding, Jr.
Also known as
  • The Big O
  • The Mad Man from Macon
  • Rockhouse Redding
  • The King of Soul
Born (1941-09-09)September 9, 1941
Dawson, Georgia, U.S.
Died December 10, 1967(1967-12-10) (aged 26)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
Years active 1958–1967
Associated acts

Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 - December 10, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter. He was an African American who was born in Dawson, Georgia. He wrote and sang many popular songs. He was killed in a plane crash at the age of 26 in Madison, Wisconsin. Shortly after his death, his song "Sittin' on the Dock of The Bay", went to # 1 on the charts. His music was magnificent and his songs moved many. He was a great man and a talented artist.

He wrote the song, "Respect", which became a smash hit for Aretha Franklin.

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