Born: September 9, 1941, Dawson, Georgia
Died: December 10, 1967 (age 26), Madison, Wisconsin
Ray Redding, Jr. was an American soul singer. According to the website
of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (where he was inducted in 1989),
Redding's name is "synonymous with the term soul, music that arose
out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of
gospel and rhythm and blues into a form of funky, secular
What do you know about Otis Redding? Beat to
this quick quiz.
1. At the age of 5, he moved with his family to
Macon, Georgia. He sang in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church,
and became somewhat of a local celebrity as a teenager after winning a
local Saturday morning talent show at the Douglass Theatre 15 weeks in a
2. In 1960, Redding began touring the South with
Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. What was his primary duty with the
- Group's driver
- Group's songwriter
- Group's lead singer
3. In 1960, he made his first recordings,
"She's All Right" and "Shout Bamalama" with Johnny
Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. What name did they use?
- "Otis and The Reddings"
- "Otis and Pine"
- "Otis and The Shooters"
4. In 1962, Redding made his first real mark in
the music business during a Johnny Jenkins session when, during studio
time left over, he recorded "These Arms of Mine", a ballad
that he had written. The song became a minor hit on Volt Records.
5. What became his first Top Ten hit on the
- "Chained and Bound"
- "Mr. Pitiful"
6. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" was a
hit for Otis Redding. What did top on the R&B chart?
7. "Respect" is a song written and
originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965.
"Respect" became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B
singer Aretha Franklin. Redding's song hit what number on the Pop
8. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is
a soul song written and performed by American soul singer Otis Redding,
released posthumously on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968 and was the
first posthumous single in U.S. chart history. What did it hit on the
9. 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.
10. Where is Otis Redding buried?
- Vineville Baptist Cemetery, Macon, Georgia
- Royal Peacock Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
- The Big O Ranch (Family Estate), Round Oak,