sitting on the dock of the bay

DAILY FUEL: Otis Redding

American songwriter and singer OTIS REDDING was born in Dawson, Georgia on this day in 1941 and left school at age fifteen to join Little Richard’s backup band, The Upsetters.

Redding had his first hit, “These Arms of Mine” in 1962 when he sang on an unscheduled session at Stax Records. Redding’s debut album, “Pain in My Heart”(1964), was slow to start but eventually found a worldwide audience.

Shortly before he died at 26 in a plane crash, he wrote and recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song reached number one on the Hot 100 and R & B charts. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Redding also posthumously received two Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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