This week marks would have been late soul legend, Otis Redding’s 80th birthday. To honour the iconic crooner’s everlasting legacy, his home state of Georgia declared September 9th Otis Redding Day.
The Otis Redding Museum, located in Georgia, have unveiled a new collection of memorabilia chronicling Redding's life, legacy, and influences on the world with handwritten notes, unseen photos, and more. While we Aussies can’t visit the museum, you can see some of the items at The Otis Redding Foundation website.
Additionally, Rhino is introducing several releases showcasing the music that made Redding a legend in the 1960s and continues to win over younger generations. Now, fans have a new way to hear some of Redding's biggest hits with new, immersive Dolby Atmos mixes for seven of his best, including These Arms of Mine, Pain In My Heart, Love Man, That's How Strong My Love Is and I've Got Dreams To Remember along with his two holiday classics Merry Christmas Baby and White Christmas.
Otis Redding | These Arms Of Mine
This fall will see other artists expressing their appreciation of Redding with a rollout of several new remixes of some of his classic tracks. The series kicks off this Thursday with a remix of "Tramp," Redding's classic 1967 duet with Carla Thomas, by the Australian electronic duo Korky Buchek (stream below).
And that’s not all! Four years ago, Rhino released the 7-LP Otis Redding: The Definitive Studio Album Collection. This vinyl boxed set features all seven of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s studio albums in replica sleeves that recreate the original packaging. When it was first released, the collection sold out quickly and has now been out of print for years. That will change on December 10th (the anniversary of Redding's passing) when the highly coveted box set is re-released. You can pre-order it below!
Redding died on December 10th, 1967, plane crash in Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. He was only 26 years old. The tragedy occurred just three days after he finished recording his enduring soul ballad (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.
RIP to a true legend.
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