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1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Otis Redding

Otis Redding

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    Little Richard
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Ottis Redding

Some singers had his power. Some had a bigger range. No one had Otis Redding’s emotion.

Otis Redding was a titan of soul. His live performances crackled with energy, electrifying audiences with the pure power of his expression.


Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

Otis Redding was, quite literally, sittin’ on the dock of the bay when he began to compose the tune that would become his most enduring hit after his sudden and untimely death in December of 1967. 

Despite the song’s forlorn tale, Redding was, at the time, sitting on top of the world.

Redding had gone where few soul men of his day had dared to tread, taking his Memphis revue to the Monterey Pop Festival, where the nascent Woodstock generation gathered to listen to its new heroes - bands like the  Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin and a young black guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1989
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Zelda Redding with Little Richard at the Induction Ceremony

He is a pillar of rock and roll

Little Richard

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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