“The simplest way I would put it is that Otis was one of the greatest singers of the greatest generation of African American singers that we’ve ever had in this country, and that’s saying a lot.”
Jonathan Gould, author of “Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life.”
Otis got his start as a professional musician as a member of Little Richard's backing band, The Upsetters.
The most transcendent artist to come out of the soul genre.
The Queen of Soul.
The High Priestess of Soul.
Soul music's unassuming everyman.
Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.
The Reverend Al
One of the greatest composers and performers of soul ever.
Writer, producer, performer and self-titled "Black Moses."
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.