Otis Redding was born.
Jerry Wexler strikes a handshake deal giving Atlantic distribution rights to Memphis-based Stax Records. The labels’ eight-year association will yield scores of hits by such artists as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the MGs, literally shaping the sound of Sixties soul music.
Otis Redding dies in a plane crash.
Otis Redding has his only Number One hit, “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” after his death.
Otis Redding inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame