9 September 1941, Dawson, Georgia, USA, d. 10 December 1967, Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The son of a Baptist minister with the same name, Redding assimilated gospel music during his childhood and soon became interested in jump blues and R&B. After resettling in Macon, he became infatuated with local luminary Little Richard and began singing on a full-time basis. A high-school friend and booking agent, Phil Walden (b. Philip Michael Walden, 11 January 1940, Greenville, South Carolina, USA, d. 23 April 2006, Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), then became his manager. Through Waldens contacts Redding joined Johnny Jenkins And The Pinetoppers as a sometime singer and occasional driver. Redding also began recording for sundry local independents, and his debut single, Shes Alright, credited to The Shooters Featuring Otis, was quickly followed by Shout Bamalama. Both performances were firmly in the Little Richard mould....
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