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Otis Redding

Otis Redding’s career may have been short, but he left an enduring legacy. Redding began recording for Stax Records in 1962 and scored several Top-40 R&B hits, including “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” which was later covered by the Rolling Stones. Redding answered the Stones with a memorable cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in 1965.

In 1967 he released King & Queen, a duets album with Carla Thomas that featured the classics “Tramp” and “Knock on Wood,” while also writing “Respect,” which Aretha Franklin turned into a number-one hit. By the time he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, a larger audience seemed ready for his committed, gritty take on deep soul.

Sadly, just as this talented singer/songwriter was coming into his own, he perished in a December 1967 plane crash. Redding is most remembered for “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” a posthumous hit that peaked at number one in early 1968. His many accolades include an R&B Foundation Pioneer Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 1989 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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