On Feb. 17 the University of Georgia
will hold an Otis Redding
tribute at 2 p.m. in Mahler Auditorium. Performances will feature Randall Bramblett, John Berry, T. Graham Brown, Bryan Howard and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie.
A Macon, Georgia native, Redding spent his youth playing with Little
Richard and Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. While singing with the
Pinetoppers, Redding was introduced to Athens' WGTV studios (now WUGA
studios). They went on to record Redding's first hit "Shout Bamalama."
The critical success of the song eventually launched a solo career for
Redding, who went on to sign with Stax Records.
Redding died prematurly on Dec. 9, 1967 in a plane crash, just
three days after recording the smash-hit "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the
Bay." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.