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Otis Redding

1941

Otis Redding was born.

1960

Jerry Wexler strikes a handshake deal giving Atlantic distribution rights to Memphis-based Stax Records. The labels’ eight-year association will yield scores of hits by such artists as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the MGs, literally shaping the sound of Sixties soul music.

1967

Otis Redding dies in a plane crash.

1968

Otis Redding has his only Number One hit, “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” after his death.

1989

Otis Redding inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame