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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Term: Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding born on 9th September 1941and died on 10th December 1967, was an American soul singer and songwriter. He is one of the foremost figures in soul and rhythm and blues music. His open-throated melodic was an influence on soul singers of the 1960s, and he developed the style of Rhythm and Blues that was the basis of the Stax Sound.
In 1958, he became a part of Johnny Jenkins band, the Pine toppers and linked with them on a United States tour as a driver and a musician. An unscheduled showing on a session led to a breakthrough in his career (Gillet 79). He had a recording deal with record label Stax Records and debuted the album, "Pain in My Heart". This album had his debut single on Stax records, "These Arms of Mine". Initially he was more popular among African Americans, but with time, he became equally popular among the general American population. His first gigs were small gigs in the South. Internationally, Otis performed in Paris and London among other places. Because of his influence on other recording artists, he got referred to as the "king of soul." Otis Redding gets viewed as the most influential gentleman soul artist of the 1960s, the Motown period. He was among the first artists to extend his appeal to Caucasian audiences with a tender, impulsive style that displayed smooth and sophisticated Motown music (Guralnick 84). ...
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