1941 - Otis Redding, born on the 9th of September in Dawson, Georgia U.S. American singer-songwriter, one of the great soul stylists. He was raised in Macon, Georgia, where he was deeply influenced by the subtle grace of Sam Cooke and the raw energy of Little Richard.
1950 - He joined Richard's band, the Upsetters, after Richard had gone solo. It was as a Little Richard imitator that he experienced his first minor hit, “Shout Bamalama,” for the Confederate label of Athens, Georgia.
1962 - One of the two, “These Arms of Mine”, launched his career, attracting both a record label executive (Jim Stewart) and a manager (Phil Walden) who passionately believed in his talent.
1965 - 1966 - The hits came fast and furiously—“I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now)”, “Respect”, “Satisfaction”, “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)”.
1967 - He proved to be an adept duet partner as well; his hits with labelmate Carla Thomas (“Tramp” and “Knock on Wood,” added to his romantic aura.
- He converted hippiedom to soul music at Monterey (California) Pop Festival and was just entering a new phase of popularity when tragedy struck.
- On the 10th of December he died, a chartered plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake. Victims included him and his backing band. He was 26 years old.
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