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Otis Singer. Born Otis Redding Jr., on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia. One of six children, Redding moved at age three with his family three hundred miles north to Macon and settled into the Belleview housing project, known to local residents as Hellview.
In the fall of 1967, Redding underwent an operation for polyps on his throat and took three months off his busy schedule to convalesce at his Big-O ranch. While he enjoyed his time off from the road, Redding was earning worldwide praise. In October, the British music magazine Melody Maker named Redding as Best Male Vocalist, replacing the previous seven-year consecutive winner, Elvis Presley. In early December of 1967, he took part in a Stax session which yielded his original number "(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay," which would become his only No. 1 hit and Grammy Award-winning record. After completing the session, Redding and his back-up band, the Bar-Keys (a unit which superseded the Mar-Keys horn section), boarded Redding's twin-engine Beechcraft airplane headed for a concert in Madison, Wisconsin. On December 9, 1967, the plane crashed into Lake Monona, killing Redding and all but one member of the Bar-Keys.
Otis had great vocals, wonderful. He and Paul could do a song like "Somedays" or "Dock of the Bay". I figure if Neil Young can cover it, Paul can too. :-)

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