Years: 1958 - 1967
Styles: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm and Blues
Otis Redding - Guitar, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Lewis Steinberg - Bass Guitar (in band: 1962 - 1964)
Floyd Newman - Baritone saxophone (in band: 1962 - 1966)
Charles "Packy" Axton - Tenor saxophone (in band: 1962 - 1966)
Donald "Duck" Dunn - Bass Guitar (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Al Jackson, Jr. - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Steve Cropper - Guitar, Piano (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Booker T. Jones - Keyboards, Organ, Piano (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Wayne Jackson - Trumpet (in band: 1962 - 1967)
Sammy Coleman - Trumpet (in band: 1964 - 1965)
Earl Sims - Backing vocals (in band: 1965)
Andrew Love - Baritone saxophone, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1965)
Gene Miller - Trumpet (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Isaac Hayes - Keyboards, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1967)
Joe Arnold - Baritone saxophone, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1966 - 1967)
One of most influenntial soul singers of 1960's, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of "Southern Deep Soul"-hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads.
He was also the mostconsistent exponent of the Stah soun, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update rhythm and bluesvinto modern soul. After Redding's 1962 ballad "These Arms of Mine" because an R&B hit, his solo career was truly on it's way, though the hits didn't really start to fly until 1965 and 1966, when "Mr. Pitiful", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "I Can't Turn You Loose", a cover of the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction", and "Respect" were all big sellers on the R&B charts.
In 1967, he began to show signs of making major inroads into White audience, particulary with a well-received performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Redding's biggest triumph, however, came just days behore his death, when he recorded the wistful "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", which represented a significiant leap as far an examination of more intensely personal emotions. Also highlighted by crisp Crooper guitar leads and dignified horns, it rose to the top of the pop charts in early 1968.
Otis Redding, however, had perished in a plane crash in December 1967.
1. All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul. 3rd Edition 2002. Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Published by Backbeat Books, page 924 - Richie Unterberger
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