Otis Redding

There’s nothing more beautiful than a simple blues tune. There is beauty in simplicity.

  • Name: Otis Ray Redding Jr.
  • Born: September 9, 1941
  • Died: December 10, 1967
  • From: Dawson, Georgia, US
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Works:  Otis Ray Redding
  • Awards: Nominated for 5 Grammys, won 2 (Best R&B song (1969), Best R&B male vocal (1969)), Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer award (2006), Grammy Hall of Fame: “(SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY” (1998), I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG” (2011), “TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS” (2015), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999)

Otis Redding is an American musician who took on multiple roles including a singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a prominent contributor to soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding’s style of singing gained inspiration from Gospel music and influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s.


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