Otis Redding

Otis Redding

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Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. His musical style was soul and rhythm and blues and he was considered to be one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s.

Redding was born and raised in Georgia and quit school at the age of 15 to support his family: working with Little Richard’s backing band the “Upsetters”. He also performed at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’s band, the “Pinetoppers”, with whom he toured the Southern states as a singer and driver. It was an unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session that led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine” in 1962. In 1964, Stax released Redding’s debut album, “Pain In My Heart”.

Together with his group, Redding first played small gigs in the American South. He later performed in Los Angeles and toured Europe: performing in major cities such as London and Paris.

Shortly before Redding’s death in a plane crash, he wrote and recorded “Sitting On Top Of The Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Charts. The album “Dock Of The Bay” was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Album Chart.

Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Backing Tracks

CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE - OTIS REDDING
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Can’t Turn You Loose

COME TO ME - OTIS REDDING
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 Come To Me

FA F A (SAD SONG) - OTIS REDDING
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Fa Fa – Sad Song

HAPPY SONG - OTIS REDDING
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Happy Song

HARD TO HANDLE - OTIS REDDING
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Hard To Handle

I CAN TURN YOU LOOSE - OTIS REDDING
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I Can Turn You Loose

I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG - OTIS REDDING
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I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

I'VE GOT DREAMS TO REMEMBER - OTIS REDDING
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I’ve Got Dreams To Remember

LOVE MAN - OTIS REDDING
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Love Man

MR PITIFUL - OTIS REDDING
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Mr Pitiful

MY GIRL - OTIS REDDING
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My Girl

PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG - OTIS REDDING
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Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

SHAKE - OTIS REDDING
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Shake

SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY - OTIS REDDING
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Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

STAND BY ME - OTIS REDDING
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Stand By Me

THESE ARMS OF MINE - OTIS REDDING
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The Arms Of Mine

TRAMP - OTIS READING
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Tramp

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS - OTIS REDDING
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Try A Little Tenderness

Please Put My Tracks On CD
Please Put My Tracks On CD
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