Otis Ray Redding Jr, born in 1941, was an American singer songwriter and record producer. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Born and raised in the US state of Georgia, Redding left school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard’s backing band, The Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’s band, The Pinetoppers, with whom he toured the Southern states as a singer. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine” in 1962. Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later. Along with his group, he first played small gigs in the American South. He later performed at the popular Los Angeles night club Whisky a Go Go and toured Europe, performing in London, Paris and other major cities. He also performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Shortly before his death in a plane crash, Redding wrote and recorded his iconic “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper which became the first posthumous number one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album The Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Otis Redding. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Otis Redding albums and most notable recordings.