This noted blues singer began his career in the aptly named Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, mimicking the style of another famous Georgian, Little Richard
. After recording a demo in Memphis he began a string of hits that included My Girl and Respect. Frequently backed-up by Booker T and the MG's, he became a legend when his recording of (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay hit number 1 in 1967. Unfortunately, it was shortly after a plane crash that killed all but one member of the band he was playing with at the time.