Otis Redding III, who adopted father into music, dies at 59

Singer and guitarist Otis Redding III, the son and namesake of the legendary Nineteen Sixties soul singer, has died from most cancers at age 59, his household stated Wednesday.

Redding was simply 3 years outdated when his father, Otis Redding, perished together with a number of band members in a airplane crash on Dec. 10, 1967. Greater than a decade later, the youthful Redding and his brother, Dexter, shaped the funk band The Reddings, which recorded six albums within the Eighties.

“It’s with heavy hearts that the household of Otis Redding III confirms that he misplaced his battle with most cancers final night,” stated his sister, Karla Redding-Andrews, in a press release posted on the Fb web page of the Otis Redding Basis, the household’s charity in Macon.

Although singles “Distant Management” and “Name The Legislation” by The Reddings made appearances on the Billboard music charts, the Redding brothers by no means matched their father’s success. Redding continued enjoying and performing after the band recorded its ultimate album in 1988.

He was as soon as employed for a European tour as guitarist for soul singer Eddie Floyd, beneath whose steering the youthful Redding turned comfy performing “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” and different songs of his well-known father.



Otis Redding III seems at his house in Macon, Georhia, in 2017. (Woody Marshall/The Macon Telegraph by way of Alokito Mymensingh 24)

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“He stated, `You possibly can play guitar with me, however you’re going to need to sing just a few of your dad’s songs,'” Redding recalled in a 2018 interview with WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine. “I used to be like, `Huh? I don’t sing,’ you already know. And he was like, `Properly, you’re going to sing “Dock of the Bay” with me tonight.'”

Redding labored together with his household’s basis to prepare summer time camps that educate kids to play music, and served as board president for the native chapter of Meals on Wheels.

He continued to carry out his father’s songs for audiences massive and small, in accordance with his web site, from showing onstage at Carnegie Corridor for a 2018 Otis Redding tribute live performance to singing at weddings and personal events. Redding stated he was grateful for the enduring legacy even when it overshadowed efforts to make music of his personal.

“Irrespective of how arduous I attempt to do my very own factor, you already know, it’s like … ‘sing considered one of your daddy’s songs,’” he advised the Maine TV station. “So I’m going forward and do what folks need, and I dwell with it. However I’m not beneath any stress and I don’t put myself mentally beneath any stress to go begging for document offers.”

Peter Johnson