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(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay The Dock Of The Bay "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay"
I’m A Changed Man Love Man "I’m A Changed Man"
Respect Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul "Respect"
Tell The Truth Tell The Truth "Tell The Truth"
Nobody’s Fault But Mine "Nobody’s Fault But Mine"
Hard To Handle The Immortal Otis Redding "Hard To Handle"
Don’t Mess With Cupid The Dock Of The Bay "Don’t Mess With Cupid"
Love Man Love Man "Love Man"
She Put The Hurt On Me Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul "She Put The Hurt On Me"
Mr. Pitiful The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads "Mr. Pitiful"
Tramp King & Queen "Tramp"

The Otis Redding Show

“Respect”

Live in Cleveland, Ohio – December 9th, 1967

  • Born in Dawson, Ga., Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was five years old. At an early age he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. Otis attended Ballard Hudson High School and participated in the school band. He began to compete in the Douglass Theatre talent shows for the five-dollar prize. After winning 15 times straight, he was no longer allowed to compete.

    Otis joined Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers in 1960, and would also sing at the “Teenage Party” talent shows sponsored by local celebrity disc jockey King Bee, Hamp Swain, on Saturday mornings initially at the Roxy Theater and later at the Douglass Theatre in Macon.

    Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers drove to Memphis, Tenn., for a recording session in October 1962 at Stax Record. At the end of the session, Stax co-owner Jim Stewart allowed Otis to cut a couple of songs with the remaining studio time. The result was "These Arms of Mine", released in 1962. This...

  • ...was the first of many hit singles (including classics "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Respect" and "Try A Little Tenderness") that Redding enjoyed during his tragically short career. After nine months, he was invited to perform at the Apollo Theatre for a live recording and would go on to showcase his dance movements with "Shake" and "Satisfaction."

    After years of ambition and drive, Otis Redding’s sacrifices paid off. He appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. His concert tours were among the biggest box office smashes of any touring performer during his time. He was nominated in three categories by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) for recordings he made during 1967. 1968 was destined to be the greatest year of his career with appearances slated at such locations at New York’s Philharmonic Hall and Washington’s Constitution Hall. Redding was booked for several major television network appearances, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers Show.

  • Otis Portrait
  • He was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1999, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

    In 1970, Warner Brothers released an album of live recordings from the June, 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, featuring Otis Redding on one side, and Jimi Hendrix on the other. This record is evidence that the hip white audiences, better known as the “love crowd” were digging Otis Redding just as much as the black audiences for whom he had always played. His energy and excitement, his showmanship, and his relationship with the crowd made Redding a master as a performer who had the rare gift of being able to reach audiences the world over.

    THE SONG - It was unlike anything Redding had ever written, influenced by his admiration for the Beatles' classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. Otis played The Beatles' album constantly during a week he had spent on a houseboat in Sausalito when performing at...

  • ...San Francisco’s Fillmore West Theater in the summer of 1967. Just sitting’ on the dock, looking out at the bay, it’s easy to see where Otis got the inspiration for the song, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”.

    It had a lilt, memorable hook, and a great story. While it was typical of Redding’s previous recordings, it signaled his creative expansion as a writer and artist. That song became Otis Redding’s biggest worldwide hit and signature. This was Otis’ final recording before the plane crash that took his life in Dec. 1967. In September 1987, Atlantic Records released “The Otis Redding Story”, a two volume record set featuring Otis’ most unique and rare hits, such as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” “Respect,” “Pain In My Heart,” “Satisfaction” and of course “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.”

    Above all, Otis was a family man. He met his wife Zelma Atwood, in 1959 and they married in Aug. 1961. Together they have four children: Dexter, Karla, Otis III, and Demetria, who was adopted after Otis' death. His family was close to his heart and soul. In 1965, he moved them into...

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  • ...a spacious 300-acre property, “The Big O Ranch” in Round Oak, Ga., affectionately named after “The Big O” himself.

    Zelma has carried on as the family matriarch and continued to rear their children to successful adulthood in honor of her late husband. Sons Dexter and Otis, III. are active music producers and songwriters, both traveling internationally. Dexter, who resides in Jacksonville, FL also is a co-partner in 2 food franchise operations. Karla is a successful and influential entrepreneur having founded and formerly managed Karla’s Shoe Boutique with her mother and partner, in downtown Macon for almost 20 years. Today she is the project director for the Otis Redding Foundation, established in memory of her father. Zelma is executrix over the Redding Estate, where she along with Karla manages daily requests for songs in commercials, music sampling, the use of Otis' name and image, the Otis Redding Memorial Fund and the Scholarship Foundation. Demetria is a public health administrator in Macon, GA.

  • As president of Redwal Music Co., Inc., Otis was very active in the company’s operation and was directly responsible for the company’s leadership in the music publishing field. To date, the company has copyrighted over 200 commercially successful songs and published many songs that have sold in excess of one million copies each.

    The idea that music could be a universal force, bringing together different races and cultures, was central to Otis’ personal philosophy and reflected in his everyday life. At a time when it may not have been considered politically correct, Redding had a white manager, Phil Walden, and a racially mixed band. He took care of business, setting up his own publishing and record label, Jotis Records, making unprecedented moves for a black artist in the '60s. While it was not Otis' prime motivation, he was seen as a role model by blacks. He was someone who got paid, and paid well...without the usual horror stories of being ripped off by promoters, agents, managers, or record company executives.

  • Otis Redding’s prowess as a businessman led him to form his own label, Jotis records, in 1965. In addition to his many business interests in fields related to music, he was engaged in other business interests in his native state such as real estate, investments, stocks, and bonds. HIs business acumen meant that Otis knew how to earn and invest his money, unlike some of the other soul artists of the ’60s.

    In addition to the 300-acre Big-O Ranch, complete with a two-story brick home, livestock and a three and a half acre lake with fish, Redding acquired a private plane. It was this twin-engine Beechcraft that he was riding on that tragic day, December 10, 1967 when it crashed into Lake Monona in Madison Wisconsin. The world lost a great musician and a great man on that day.

    His music and his legacy, however, live on.

Shake!

Otis at Monterey (1967)

Discography

  • 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 (with Carla Thomas)
    (1967)

  • Live in Europe
    (1967)

  • The Dock of the Bay
    (1968)

  • At the Whisky a Go Go
    (1968)

  • The Immortal Otis Redding
    (1968)

  • Love Man
    (1969)

  • Tell the Truth
    (1970)

  • Live in London and Paris
    (2008)

  • Remember Me
    (1992)

  • Lonely & Blue
    (2013)

  • Complete Stax/Volt Singles
    (2013)

  • The King Of Soul
    (2014)

News

  • 'Pain In My Heart' - 50th Anniversary Special Edition

    2014 Marks the 50th anniversary of the release of 'Pain In My Heart'.

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding's debut album 'PAIN IN MY HEART', we are releasing a limited-edition, 50th Anniversary version of the original vinyl album featuring the original LP artwork on Record Store Day: April 19th, 2014.

    With audio sourced directly from the mono master tapes and mastered by Bernie Grundman, this 180-gram HQ vinyl special edition was pressed at RTI and features old-school tip-on jackets printed at Stoughton.

    Only 5,000 copies will be available worldwide, with limited-edition foil stamp numbering. Find your nearest independent record store and mark your calendar! April 19th, 2014 - SRLP - $24.98

    Lonely & Blue

    'Pain in My Heart' is the debut album of soul singer-songwriter Otis Redding. The album includes four classic Redding singles released in 1962 and 1963: "These Arms of Mine", "That's What My Heart Needs", "Security", and the title track, "Pain In My Heart".

    'Pain in My Heart' was originally released on Atlantic Records' subsidiary Atco Records on January 1, 1964, and peaked at number 20 on Billboard's R&B chart.

    The last single, "Security", was released in April, 1964, and charted at number 97 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

    Otis' debut single, "These Arms of Mine" (with "Hey Hey Baby" on the B-side) - was released in October, 1962 and became one of his most successful songs, selling more than 800,000 copies.

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  • New Otis Redding 4-Disc Box Set: Coming February 4th

    Rhino will pay some respect of its own to this legendary Artist during Black History Month, when it releases a new four-disc set showcasing Otis' career.

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — THE KING OF SOUL’s arrival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Redding’s debut album, Pain In My Heart, which helped define the sound of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

    This new set features 92 songs and retraces the singer’s career from his meteoric rise to his untimely death in a 1967 plane crash.

    Lonely & Blue

    The songs reveal the breadth of Redding’s talent, starting with his gift for songwriting: “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Ole Man Trouble” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” his posthumous #1 hit.

    His reputation as a magnetic and dynamic performer is well served by a selection of live performances recorded in 1966 at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A. (“These Arms of Mine” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”) and in 1967 during the legendary Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe (“Shake” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”)

    Redding was also an expert interpreter of other artist’s work, putting his distinct twist on everything from Solomon Burke’s “Down in the Valley” and William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” to the Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and Smokey Robinson’s “My Girl.”

    'The King Of Soul' also spotlights his unforgettable collaborations with singer Carla Thomas like “Lovey Dovey” and “Tramp.”

  • 'Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador' - Film Premiere

    A Documentary Film By Jeremy Marre for the BBC

    Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Monday, September 9, 2013
    Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
    Two Screenings: 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
    Limited Seating
    Free Admission: First-Come First-Served Basis
    Length: One Hour

    To help celebrate the date that would have been soul music icon and Stax legend Otis Redding’s 72nd birthday, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host two screenings of the new BBC television documentary, Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador, on Monday, September 9, 2013.

    The film was produced and directed by veteran British filmmaker Jeremy Marre for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and this screening at the Stax Museum is the United States debut of the film.

    This first-ever BBC television documentary about Otis Redding follows him from childhood and marriage to the Memphis studios and segregated Southern clubs where he honed his unique stage act and voice. Through unseen home movies, the film reveals how Otis's 1967 tour of Britain dramatically changed his life and music.

    After bringing soul to Europe he returned to conquer America, first with the 'love-crowd' at the Monterey Pop Festival and then with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which topped the charts only after his death at just 26 years old on December 10, 1967.

    The film includes rare and unseen performances, intimate interviews with Otis' wife Zelma Redding and daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, and with original band members Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones.

    Also featured are comments from British fans whose lives were changed by seeing him, among them Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Elton John, and Bryan Ferry.

  • Macon Celebrates Otis Redding's Birthday

    Not only does September mark Georgia Music Month, but September 9th is Otis Redding’s birthday! 

    Join Otis Redding’s family, friends, and fans as we remember The King of Soul.™

    Otis Redding changed the world with his breathtaking lyrics and upbeat performances and we are honored that he called Macon home. 

    What birthday celebration would be complete without a few surprises? 

    This is one midday party you will not want to miss.

    When: Monday, September 9, 2013; 12 noon

    Where: The Otis Redding Foundation, 339 Cotton Avenue, Downtown Macon, Georgia

  • 'The Songs Otis Redding Could Have Sung' - The Atlantic

    New singles collection highlights the staggering fact that one of the greatest singers ever likely died not in his prime, but before it.

    by Jack Hamilton - The Atlantic - July 22nd, 2013

    Death came too soon for too many of the 1960s' musical talents, but there's a special tragedy to Otis Redding. When Redding's Beechcraft H18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 1967, the singer and songwriter was only 26 years old; Redding died at a younger age than Jimi Hendrix, than Janis Joplin, than Brian Jones, than Jim Morrison. That fact becomes even more remarkable when we consider how prolific Redding was. He scored his first national hit, "These Arms of Mine," in 1962, at the age of 21, and by the time of his death he had placed 20 more singles into the Billboard charts. In the two years after his passing he would place an additional 10.

    All of them and more can be found on Shout! Factory's newly released Complete Stax / Volt Singles, a three-disc set that collects every Redding performance released on 45rpm by the legendary Memphis label where he spent almost the entirety of his career (Redding released two singles before arriving at Stax, "Shout Bamalama" and "Gettin' Hip," neither of which charted). The Shout! box is by no means Redding's complete recordings--many a terrific album track go uncollected here--but, as with most musicians of his era, singles were the driving medium of Redding's career. The Complete Stax / Volt Singles is testament to an artistic journey that ended too soon but was nonetheless extraordinary for its scope, ambition, and consistent brilliance.

    Like all of the greatest singers, Otis Redding was utterly unique. He lacked the technical virtuosity of his idol, Sam Cooke--another '60s musician whose death came much too early--but made up for it with flawless taste and musical intellect. Despite his well-earned reputation for incendiary live performances--most famously on display in his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, six months before his death--Redding was never the frenzied pyrotechnician of later "soul man" parodies. In fact, his greatest gift may have been his command of restraint and understatement. The best singers are also masters of silence: The moments that Ray Charles doesn't sing--when he's just about to sing, just finished singing, or taking a breath (especially when he's taking a breath)--can be as electrifying as any notes coming out of his mouth. Otis Redding understood and used this power as well as anyone. Critic Dave Marsh once wrote that Redding's performance of "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" sounds "as though each line is coming to him only the instant before he sings it, quavering notes as if in the grip of an undeniably exquisite passion that must be consummated--now!" a description that itself dwells in pauses, anticipation, the thrill of ensuing discovery.

    For all his illusions of spontaneity, Redding was an intricate and deeply cerebral singer who approached his performances with the attention of a great songwriter, which of course he was--shortly before his death he saw one of his compositions, "Respect," become one of the biggest hits in history at the hands of Aretha Franklin ("That little girl stole my song," Redding is said to have remarked, with appropriate awe). Even as a relatively callow 21-year-old on "These Arms of Mine," he delivers the song with a cool and loving precision, carefully while never cautiously. It's a studied performance in the best sense, a precociously gifted artist performing his craft with the highest seriousness.

    The Complete Stax / Volt Singles also doubles as a pretty great repository of Booker T. and the MGs' greatest hits. The legendary Stax house band--featuring keyboardist Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and drummer Al Jackson, Jr......... (Continued on next page)

  • ...played on nearly everything that came out of Soulsville, U.S.A. in the 1960s, but they harbored special affection for Redding and often seemed to put something extra into his sessions. "Direct Me," a posthumous b-side released in 1968, is marvelously limber, with the bass line bouncing and slithering off the drums, Cropper playing country-blues guitar fills against Jones's whispering, churchy organ. It is nearly impossible for a band to sound better than this.

    Click here to read the full article via The Atlantic

    Click here to buy 'The Complete Stax/Volt Singles' on Amazon.

  • CBS News: '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Turns 45'

    45 years ago, Stax Records released Otis Redding's iconic song "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." The song was recorded just days before Redding's death at age 26. Charlie Rose reports.

    Although he was only 26 years old at the time of his death, Redding had already released numerous hit songs and albums and become a successful performer, songwriter, producer and businessman. Recorded just three days before the plane crash, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” became his 17th straight hit and first million-seller and remains one of his most popular songs.

    Otis Redding and Plane

    iPad/iPhone/iOS/Mobile Users: Click here to watch the full video via CBS news: http://www.cbsn.ws/UGvjwx

  • 'Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding' - due out March 5th, 2013 on Stax Records

    Available on CD and blue vinyl, packaging evokes the look and feel of a late '60s Stax/Volt album that Redding might have released at the height of his career.

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Otis Redding’s Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding could pass for a title Stax/Volt might have released in the late ’60s. The look of the album reflects Stax’s design themes of the era. But in fact it’s a collection that never existed, until now, that homes in on one mood and one theme —heartbreaking, yearning ballads — of which Redding had many. The album will be released as a CD and blue vinyl LP on March 5, 2013 on Stax Records through Concord Music Group.

    Lonely & Blue

    Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding contains the hits (“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “These Arms of Mine,” “My Lover’s Prayer,” “Free Me”) alongside many lesser-known songs (“Gone Again,” “Open the Door,” “Waste of Time,” “Everybody Makes a Mistake,” to name a few). They’re all included in this compilation because they share the tangled theme of sorrow.

    According to compilation producer David Gorman, “Given how nobody delivered a gut-wrenching sad song like Otis, I always felt he should have made an album you could put on late at night and settle into with a glass of something strong. The mood and the subject of every song is the same — Otis, heartbroken, and begging for love. I tried to find the saddest most potently heartbreaking songs he ever sang, with no regard for chart position or notoriety. There are a few hits on the album, but they’re there because they fit the mood, not because we wanted to include the hits.”

    Pre-order the album here: http://www.amzn.to/VDBbFy

  • MORE THAN 40 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, THE LEGACY OF OTIS REDDING LIVES ON

    On December 10th, music lovers around the world will commemorate the anniversary of the death of one of modern music’s most prolific entertainers, Mr. Otis Redding.

    Ranked #8 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list, Redding amassed a string of classic songs including “(Sittin On), The Dock of the Bay, I‘ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Satisfaction,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” and “Respect,” before his untimely death in 1967. Redding and members of the Bar-Kays, his touring band at the time, were tragically killed in a plane crash while enroute to a concert in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Although he was only 26 years old at the time of his death, Redding had already released numerous hit songs and albums and become a successful performer, songwriter, producer and businessman. Recorded just three days before the plane crash, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” became his 17th straight hit and first million-seller and remains one of his most popular songs.

    Otis Redding performing

    The strong impact that Otis Redding made on popular culture remains evident from the countless films, television shows and commercials that his songs can be heard in and from the major influence he has had on superstar artists such as Rod Stewart who told People magazine, “I always felt Otis was singing just for me. That is a hallmark of a good singer.”

    Redding’s legacy continues to grow via numerous honors that have been bestowed upon him posthumously, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an art exhibit entitled Otis Redding: I’ve Got Dreams to Remember that was commissioned in his honor and a documentary, Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding, which was released in 2007.

    His memory and contributions are also kept alive through the work of his widow Zelma and their children, who established the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation to empower and educate children through the arts, which was a personal mission of Redding’s.

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    MACON, GA: The Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation has now officially changed its name to the Otis Redding Foundation. The Foundation has a new logo to accompany the name. However, its mission remains the same: "Progress Through Education - Enlightenment Through Music"

    “We are thrilled to enter this new phase,” says the Foundation’s executive director, Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis Redding, Jr. “The logo represents the soul and feel of Otis Redding, and with this new name we are sure to gain more national and international attention for the work we do to stress the importance of music and the arts.”

    The Foundation continues its hard work……(continued)

  • ...in the world of music and education by providing programs and scholarship opportunities.

    Scholarship recipient Roderick Cox, who received support from the Foundation and the Redding Estate from 2004 to 2011, is currently the assistant conductor for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and will be featured as a guest conductor during the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 season.

    “Roderick is a shining example of what the Foundation sets out to accomplish,” says Zelma Redding, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are so proud of everything he is doing and look forward to see him lead the Macon Symphony Orchestra next year."

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  • The 6th annual Big “O” Singer/Songwriter Camp will be held June 17-21, 2013 in Macon, GA.

    30-35 aspiring songwriters, musicians and producers ages 13-17 will attend workshops to enhance the areas of their talents.

    “The camp and other programs presented by the Foundation will continue to bring incredible music education to the best and brightest young musicians in the country” states Mrs. Redding.

    About the Otis Redding Foundation:

    Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth.

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  • Established in 2007 by Mrs. Zelma Redding in her husband's honor, the Otis Redding Foundation, with its roots in music, has created educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities.

    These programs encourage individual...and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline.

    To honor Otis’ dream, the Otis Redding Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger.

    By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, we remain dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth- oriented initiatives. (continued)

  • Contact:

    http://www.OtisReddingFoundation.org Karla Redding-Andrews Foundation@otisredding.com (478) 742-5737

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