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Otis Redding
September 9, 1941 Otis Redding born, Dawson, Georgia
  Otis Redding
June 17, 1967 Singer Otis Redding walks on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival and performs with previous act Booker T. and the MG's. He is enthusiastically received by the mostly white audience.
  Otis Redding
December 10, 1967 Singer Otis Redding dies in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin
  Otis Redding


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.






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