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Otis Redding

Born: September 9, 1941, Dawson, Georgia
Died: December 10, 1967 (age 26), Madison, Wisconsin

Otis Redding - Trivia powered by ABEOtis 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 testifying."

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 row.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. In 1960, Redding began touring the South with Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. What was his primary duty with the group?

  • 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?

  1. "Otis and The Reddings"
  2. "Otis and Pine"
  3. "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.

  • Fact or Myth?

5. What became his first Top Ten hit on the R&B charts?

  • "Security"
  • "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?

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3

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 Charts?

  • #1
  • #35
  • #50

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 Pop Charts?

  • #100
  • #50
  • #1

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.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Otis Redding buried?

  • Vineville Baptist Cemetery, Macon, Georgia
  • Royal Peacock Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Big O Ranch (Family Estate), Round Oak, Georgia


1. Fact

2. Group's driver

3. "Otis and The Shooters"

4. Fact

5. "Mr. Pitiful"

6. #2

7. #35

8. #1

9. Fact

Angels on your pillow10. The Big O Ranch (Family Estate), Round Oak, Georgia

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