Otis Redding, Otis Ray Redding, Jr.

Singer-songwriter Otis Redding (1941–1967), born Otis Ray Redding, Jr., in Dawson, Georgia, is known for early recordings such as “Hey Hey Baby” and “These Arms of Mine.” His only gold record, “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,” was released a few weeks after he died in a plane crash on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. Otis grew up in Macon, Georgia, hearing the music of Sam Cooke and Little Richard and joining Little Richard's band after Richard went solo. His success began with the recording of "These Arms of Mine" (1962) and ended just five short years later with "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (1968). He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1989) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1994) and received a GRAMMY Award for lifetime achievement (1999).

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