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Date of Birth 9 September 1941Dawson, Georgia, USA
Date of Death 10 December 1967Madison, Wisconsin, USA  (plane crash)
Birth NameOtis Ray Redding Jr.
Nicknames Rockhouse Redding
The Big O
The King of Soul
The Mad Man from Macon
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, USA as Otis Ray Redding Jr. He was married to Zelma Atwood. He died on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Spouse (1)

Zelma Atwood (17 August 1961 - 10 December 1967) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (11)

First artist to have a number one hit posthumously on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart with his recording of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Volt 157). The song was recorded only three days before his death.
Was one of the performers featured on a set of stamps of rock and blues legends issued by the U.S. Postal Service in June 1993.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
He was voted the 21st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
The whistling at the end of "Dock of the Bay" was improvised on the spot by Redding because he forgot the words he had composed for the fade-out of the song (the song itself was written by Steve Cropper).
His song "Dock of the Bay" was released after his death.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
Voted the eighth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
Son of a Baptist minister.
He had three biological children with wife Zelma: Sons Otis III and Dexter, and daughter Karla. Zelma adopted a second daughter, Demetria ("Dee Dee"), after Otis's death.
Brother of Louise McClain, and Deborah Redding.

Personal Quotes (4)

As I was growing up, I did a lot of talent shows. I won fifteen Sunday nights straight in a series of talent shows in Macon. I showed up the sixteenth night, and they wouldn't let me go on any more. Whatever success I had was through the help of the good Lord.
If you want to be a singer, you've got to concentrate on it twenty-four hours a day. You can't be a well driller, too. You've got to concentrate on the business of entertaining and writing songs. Always think different from the next person. Don't ever do a song as you heard somebody else do it.
If I were to leave the U.S., I'd live in England. But I'd never leave the U.S. I own a 400-acre farm in Macon, Georgia. I raise cattle and hogs. I own horses, too. I love horses as much as singing. I like to hunt on horseback.
I love England from head to toe. I love the weather, the people. I was there in the summer and it was nice. The people are so groovy.

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