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Author: Subject: Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967)

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 12:19 PM

On December 9, 1967, Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local "Upbeat" television show. The next afternoon, Redding, his manager, the pilot, and four members of The Bar-Kays were killed when his chartered Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1967. The two remaining Bar-Kays were Ben Cauley and James Alexander. Cauley was the only person aboard Redding's plane to survive the crash. Alexander was on another plane, since there were eight members in Redding's party and the chartered plane could only hold seven, and it was Alexander's turn in the rotation to take a commercial flight. Cauley reported that he had been asleep until just seconds before impact, and recalled that upon waking he saw bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and say, "Oh, no!" Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seatbelt. He then found himself in the frigid waters of the lake, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.

Redding's body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The cause of the crash was never precisely determined.

He was entombed on his private ranch in Round Oak, Georgia, 23 miles (37 km) north of Macon.

In 1975, Macon Mayor Ronnie Thompson, a fellow musician and a friend of Redding's, commissioned Redding's portrait. The acclaimed picture went missing in 2007 during the transition between Mayors C. Jack Ellis and Robert Reichert. Former Mayor Ellis disclosed that the painting had been packed up with the rest of his office. It has since been returned to the city of Macon.






























The orignal Bar-Kays








Otis Redding - "I've been loving you"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGlKJDEI1Nk

Otis Redding & The Bar-Kays - "Respect"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsrO1G9UIW4

Otis Redding "Satisfaction"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQszoQJT0Tc

Otis Redding & The Bar-Kays - "Try a little tenderness"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI6inAglMJA

Otis Redding - "Mr. Pitiful"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW34EiP5HK4

Otis Redding-"Pain In My Heart"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WYFRLU8yhg

Otis Redding - "White Christmas/Merry Christmas Baby"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JkRrSOle7w

Otis Redding - "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-eNLcerd-U

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - "Bring it on home"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3WIAbun1Kg

Otis Redding "Can't Turn You Loose"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOXq_vLCjco

Otis Redding-"You don't miss your water"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmvDSw0FMss

Otis Redding - "Good to me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4dIF8BrL3c

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - "Tramp"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hAhW8cYAuU

Otis Reddingi "Love you more than words can say"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60zqUhHhX08

Otis Redding -These arms of mine"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lox_9f2Cmg

Remembering you on this day Otis, we miss your precious voice. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

OTIS REDDING: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzrXc68gNjQ

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 12:35 PM
RIP Otis. Thanks for this tribute, Kenny. Otis is truly one of my favorites. He is still loved here in his hometown.

(As an aside, at the the Chuck Leavell concert here in Macon last Friday night, I was dancing to "Jessica" with Karla Redding, Otis's daughter! Told her I loved her dad's music.)

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 01:26 PM
For those in the Atlanta viewing area, tomorrow, 12-11 at 8pm (I think), Redding's widow will be on Monica Kauffman's Closeups on WSB-TV.
 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 01:28 PM
I love that first picture of him with Duck Dunn, Al Jackson and Steve Cropper!
 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 01:34 PM
Nice tribute Kenny.
PBS has a very good Otis documentary thats been on a few times over the past few months. If you like Otis and get a chance to see the special you'd be pleased.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 01:53 PM
I've never read anything at all bad about Otis, just love and R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

He went away much too young.

 
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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 02:16 PM
Otis ... been loving you too long to stop now...

(Thanks, Kenny, for posting this.)

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 02:27 PM
Kenny you are The Man... another great tribute to the Wonderful Otis Redding... The world misses all these wonderful souls who have left us for another gig....

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 03:43 PM
Both Otis and Rick Danko died on my birthday.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:03 PM
Still miss you Otis
 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:29 PM
I remember this day well...

Ten years old and just started to listen to Otis a year before (all radio stuff), and I heard "IT".

Not too many singers left that are out of breath at the end of a song. Always gave it his all...

Truly a day the music died....

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:36 PM
Oh, and while Aretha has always been known as the "Queen of Soul", it is not widely known that Otis Redding was known as the "King of Soul".....

That is why James Brown who was known as "The Godfather", was not the King....

RIP Otis....

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:42 PM
From a previous post:
Johnny Jenkins is a left-handed blues guitar player from Macon, who back in the early 60’s had a vocal group called the Pinetoppers backing him. Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers had a regional hit called “Love Twist” and used to play high school dances in the Macon area. I was a fan of Johnny’s and got into the dressing room at one of the dances and got Johnny and the band to autograph my windbreaker jacket. In very large letters across the back of the Jacket, Johnny signed “Johnny Guitar Jenkins” and down in one corner in small letters one the Pinetoppers signed his name, “Otis Redding.”
As an aside, my brother Twiggs ("Twiggs on the Wall" on the Fillmore East Album) was the person selected by Phil Walden and Otis' family to fly up to identify the bodies as they were pulled from the lake. What a huge loss to everyone that Otis and the Barkays died at such an early age!



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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 08:10 PM
I was a huge hendrix fan back in the day. When i got the Hendrix/Redding Album "At Monterey" it was readily apparent that despite the hoopla over Wild Thing it was Otis who ruled the day. A great talent; sorely missed.
 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:56 PM
Pick up the DVD "Live at Monterey Pop", or you can get it in a package DVD with Hendrix' performance at the same festival. It's a can't miss...........Otis' performance is only 20 minutes or so but it's SO killer..........backing band is Booker T. and The MG's.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 10:03 PM
RIP Otis
the man was amazing

 

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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 04:37 PM
Thanks again brudda! -- great tribute -- Otis on one side, Jimi on the other -- two types of music that couldn't be more different, yet they were so much the same too

"He was a soul music singer, the king of the Memphis sound
It makes us all so sad, 'cause now he ain't around"

Wm. Bell's tribute in song to Otis, Tribute to the King, which these lyrics are from, says it well too

 

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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 04:47 PM
Are there any known recordings of Jaimoe when he was with Otis?
 

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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 07:10 PM
RIP
 
 


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