Singer songwriter and SoulMusic Hall Of Fame inductee, Otis Redding was born on 9th September 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles where he began releasing singles. He returned to Georgia a year later and recorded “Shout Bamalama.” Redding befriended guitarist Johnny Jenkins and joined his band “The Pinetoppers”. During one of Jenkins’ recording sessions at Memphis’ Stax Studios, Redding recorded a ballad he’d written titled, “These Arms of Mine”. The song quickly took off reaching number 20 on the R&B charts in 1963. What followed was the release of many hit singles, including classics “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Respect” and “Try a Little Tenderness”.
“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” became the singer’s first million-seller and first Billboard Number One single when it was released 50 years ago. But the legendary soul singer never got to hear the finished version of his breakthrough single: He had died in a plane crash on December 10th, 1967.
Deezer’s Soul Editor Yannick Fage commented: “Like so many great talent, Otis Redding passed away too early in life, yet his contribution to soul still continues to influence us today. In honour of the 50th anniversary of ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,’ we wanted to celebrate his achievement with a special playlist that includes all of his greatest hits, as well as those of other soul legends that have filled us with so much emotion and joy.”