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Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Otis Redding III


Otis Redding III, the son of Otis Redding and the Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr, younger brother of Edwin Starr came to the Palace Theatre, Southend on Tuesday 14 March.


The show performed the music of one of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s whose life was tragically cut short when he died in a plane crash at just 26-years old.

Regarded by many as the ‘voice of soul,’ Otis was renowned for his magnetic stage presence and sincere performances which made him star.

Edwin Starr also achieved legendary status in soul circles with several Top Ten hits on the R&B charts over the late ’60s and early ’70s.

The amazing Edwin Starr band performed the very best of Otis’ hits led by Otis Redding III – such as ‘Pain In My Heart’, ‘Mr Pitiful’, ‘Satisfaction’ and of course ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’ – complete with visual memories in one set and Edwin Starr hits in another set including his most famous hit ‘War’ and ‘Play That Music,’ sung by Angelo Starr.


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Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Otis Redding III


Old sweet songs aren’t the only tunes keeping Georgia on music lovers’ minds. The Peach State’s current homegrown performers—including Young Jeezy and Luke Bryan—are building on the lyrical legacy of legends such as James Brown and Ray Charles. Hear live music or join a jam session in cozy confines such as the Historic Holly Theater in Dahlonega or Atlanta’s Apache Café. Discover the roots of the Georgia sound in Macon, where Jessica Walden and her husband Jamie Weatherford operate Rock Candy Tours. “It’s no coincidence that Little Richard, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers all tapped into the city’s [Macon’s] soul, found their voice, and created a sound from it,” says Walden, whose Rock n’ Roll Stroll passes “the hippie crash pad” of the Allman Brothers. Rock on throughout 2017 at one of Georgia’s 75 music festivals, such as June’s AthFest in Athens, home of the B-52’s and R.E.M. —MKD


Article courtesy of National Geographic.



Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Otis Redding III



Otis Redding III joined other musical greats such as Nina Hagen, Dany Lademachers and many others on November 5th  to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the only real Dutch rock 'n roll legend Herman Brood in the great hall of Q-Factory.


Live on stage:
- Nina Hagen
- Dany Lademachers 'WILD ROMANCE'
- The Coach Mark Big Band with Michel van Dijk (Ekseption, Brainbox, Alquin)
- Otis Redding III
- "Book Launch KOOS - The story of the manager of Herman Brood '
- Bombita's Lies and pronunciation
- Stefan Rokebrand (Herman 'Chez Bread)- Koos Coach- Guz- Marcel B* Presentation: Henkjan Smits


Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Otis Redding III



An exhibit that opened Friday in Los Angeles celebrates the life and legacy of Otis Redding, the King of Soul.


Titled "Respect!: Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul," the exhibit's opening at The Grammy Museum marks nearly 48 years since Redding won two Grammys in 1968 for his hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."


One of the golden gramophones, on loan from his family, is featured among other Redding artifacts.

"Here we are going into the 58th Grammys and my dad received his Grammy (more than) 40 years ago," said Karla Redding-Andrews, Redding's daughter and executive director of the Otis Redding Foundation. "We're lucky to be able to unveil the exhibit a couple of weeks before Grammy Week, where all of the musical celebrity artists come through the Grammy Museum to see what's going on."


The foundation tries to bring a different perspective of her father to each exhibit it's involved with, Redding-Andrews, 53, said by phone on Friday. The latest exhibit is a retrospective view of who Redding was, who he is now and how his legacy continues, she said.

"It's an amazing exhibit with even artifacts of clothing, which my mother has graciously put on loan, which have never been unveiled before," Redding-Andrews said. "No one ever knew that she continued to hold onto those" items.


The blue overalls that Redding wore for the 1967 music video "Tramp," as well as the red silk suit he donned for the "Live in Europe" album cover are among rare photographs, performance footage, personal notes and more on display.


Redding-Andrews flew out to Los Angeles with her brothers, Otis Redding III and Dexter Redding, and their mother, Zelma Redding, for the opening of the exhibit. The family, accompanied by friends who flew in from Georgia, were among more than 300 people who attended a VIP event Thursday night.

"We've been taken to dinner at a number of great places and as we walk around the city, we've been all over the local news," Redding-Andrews said. "To be able to unveil (Redding's) craft and his legacy and his talent to the younger artists who continually come through the Grammy Museum, it's really exciting for us."


Though the family planned to return to Middle Georgia on Saturday, the exhibit will remain on display through September.

Bob Santelli, executive director of the museum, called Redding one of America's greatest soul singers.


"Otis Redding helped bridge the gap between rock and soul music in the mid-'60s," Santelli said in a statement. "His fans spanned both black and white listeners, and he believed that music was the universal language that could tie us all together. ... We are honored to share the impact of his career with this new exhibit."


When the exhibit is taken down, the foundation will continue to celebrate in Macon with the weekend-long event "Celebrating 75 Years of Otis Redding" beginning Sept. 9. The main event will be "An Evening of Respect," a tribute concert featuring celebrity guests.


Redding died at age 26 on Dec. 10, 1967, when his private plane plunged into the icy waters of Wisconsin's Lake Monona while on the way to a performance in Madison. Just days before the crash, Redding had recorded "Dock of the Bay," which quickly soared to No. 1 on the charts.

Reminders of Redding's legacy are all across Middle Georgia, including Macon's Otis Redding Memorial Bridge, the Otis Redding statue in Macon's Gateway Park and the interactive memorial marker in Gray.


To contact writer Laura Corley, call 744-4334 or follow her on Twitter @Lauraecor.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/article56147525.html#storylink=cpy


Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Otis Redding III


The King of Soul, Otis Redding, left a legacy of incredible self-penned classic hits, the day he died tragically in a plane crash aged just 26.

A phenomenal performer, he wrote and recorded everything from soul-funk belters like I Can't Turn You Loose and Mr Pityful to the gorgeous and ubiquitous sweet soul ballad Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.



Recorded just days before his untimely demise, Dock Of The Bay became the first posthumous hit to top the US charts.

Fortunately, as well as this invaluable addition to popular-music, Otis also left behind a generation of his musical offspring, including his son Otis III, who has undoubtedly inherited his father's musicality.



Otis III, currently in the UK for a series of shows including one in Plymouth, is a real chip of the old block as guitarist in his UK band, Alik Peters Deacon, explains.


"He is a great performer, with such a lot of soul – it's just obvious where this comes from and that music has been such a massive part of his life.

"He emanates happiness when he's on stage and has this beaming smile that is so infectious with the band and the crowd – and of course his set is just awesome..."


For young Otis, it seems, there was no question about his destiny.

"I was three when dad passed away but I do remember him strumming tunes around the house," says Otis, recalling childhood in the Big O Ranch that his father had built on the proceeds of records sales, and which the family still own.

"I have always known that I would be in the music business because my mother Zelma had a booking agency and a record shop and a nightclub that I worked at from a very early age.

"I was in my first band aged six and then my brother and I started the Redding band and we got a record deal at the age of 16.

"We've done six albums with the Reddings on CBS and Polygram."


As well as his own compositions, Otis performs a selection of his dad's tunes.

"Of course people want me to do the King of Soul's hits and I love all of the classics – mix that with some rock'n'roll and you have a blast!

"But my favourite? There are too many to name and I don't want to pick a special one out."

Inevitably these tunes have influenced his own...

"After doing funk in the Eighties, which is now making such a comeback, I really got into soul music.

"My singles Leaving Me and You Were Here, are similar to the Stax sound," he says, "but my start is really funk.

"In the live show you can expect classic soul hits, funky rock'n'roll and lots of energy!"


Playing in the band alongside Otis at Annabel's and the other UK shows on tour will be Alik Peters-Deacon and musicians from Plymouth ensemble Antimatador.

"Alik is the man!" says Otis, who was blown away by him and the band after they were booked by promoter Ben Hall for a one off Otis show at the Watering Hole last year.


"These musicians that I work with here are so tight," he enthuses, "they love soul music and it shows."

In fact Otis is so impressed by Alik that he has invited him over to the America to be musical director of his US band.

It's a huge compliment from a man who always expects to perform with the very best musicians in the world and goes to show that Alik and Antimatador are indeed (as we had always suspected!) truly a world-class bunch.


"It's a huge honour to be asked," says Alik, "and it looks like I may be doing some shows with him there next year.

"But I know my players here and I know how to get the best out of them.

"I'm just not sure how well these US musicians are going to take to some skinny white boy ordering them around!"


Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Otis Redding III

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils held their 5th Annual JAMCERT tonight, but before they hit the stage a special guest stopped by their classroom.



Otis Redding III and his mother, Zelma Redding, are in town for the JAMP concert honoring legendary singer Otis Redding. The singer's son stopped a classroom earlier today to work with some of the children.


"Hopefully I can just tell them one or two things that they can remember for a very long time," says Otis Redding III, "whether it's something just tuning, whether it's something just as simple as the attitude, your personality, staying humble. And kind of getting in where you fit in."


Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 by Otis Redding III

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of last year’s star-studded event, this year’s Volksfest is looking like another belter with three more fantastic acts just added to the ever-expanding line up.

Otis Redding III, son of the late great soul man himself; the absolute R&B legend that is Wilko Johnson; and chart-topping Brit Award-winning Finley Quaye, will be gracing the outdoor Volksfest main stage in what looks set to be another fantastic event for Plymouth music fans.

The Saturday night headliner and more top artists are yet to be announced.

“We are thrilled to be bringing these artists to Plymouth,” says promoter Ray Rose.

“They are guys who are still at the top of the tree musically. They all have great history and can still deliver.

“Just as we did last year with the Boomtown Rats, The Feeling, Toyah, Heaven 17, The Real Thing and the rest, we’re continuing the theme of bringing down great artists who haven’t played in the city either for a very long time or, in some cases, ever.

“Getting Otis to the festival is a real coup,” continues Ray, “and the contact came via some of our very own local musicians – Alik Peters-Deakin, Simon Dobson, Dan Hillman, Jacob Kodicek and Jake Galvin – who were booked as his backing band at a one-off show with him in Newquay last year.

“Having seen the show, we were blown away – the man has inherited his father’s unique musical gift.

“He is an accomplished and recognised artist and in his own right, who delights in keeping his family legacy alive.”

Nobody, not even Wilco Johnson himself thought he’d be playing any festival in 2015 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and being given just ten months to live.

But the inimitable Dr Feelgood guitarist, who had planned to perform until he dropped, was cured after an 11-hour operation last year.

“We’re so delighted to have Wilco,” says festival organiser Mark Tam,

“Especially as he’ll be bringing the wonderful Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy with him.

“Wilco gained a new lease of life having made this remarkable recovery and has been receiving great praise for the new album made with Roger Daltry.

“We know how much of a fan of Otis Redding Wilco is, so it will be fantastic to have them both in the same field.”

Pop/reggae artist Finley Quaye comes from another musical family dynasty and his chart-busting album Maverick A Strike was ubiquitous in the late Nineties, winning him a Brit Award in 1998.


“We were approached by Finley who is looking to rebuild his career after some time out and we are delighted to be working with him,” says Ray.

Local support will be stronger than ever with bands like Mad Dog Mcrea, Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Alex Hart, Thomas Ford, Moriaty, Andy Quick’s UFO, Haunt The Woods, C Force and Lionface already lined up for the main stage.


And with six more stages on offer, there will be plenty of choice for discerning music fans.

As for the festival infrastructure, Volksfest 2015 will follow last year’s model featuring an open-air main stage which proved very successful last year.

“We felt the open stage was a huge step forward for the festival ambience,” says Ray, “allowing the crowd to fully engage.”

May 22 to 25, Newnham Park. Tickets on sale now.

Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/#oIRyiDuAumu8kYZz.99


Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 by Otis Redding III

*On Saturday, January 31, entertainers from the Bay Area in California and beyond will be uniting to help one of their own in a fundraiser for former Prince protégé Rosie Gaines.

Gaines’ daughter, Latoya Gaines, revealed in a press release that her mother has been suffering from diabetes in addition to other illnesses. In early December, the singer was admitted to a Bay Area hospital for a major infection of both her legs.


Gaines’ medical situation has motivated Sistuh to Sistuh (STS) founder and vocalist Brenda Vaughn to organize a tribute to Gaines. The event, hosted by comedienne/actress Luenell (“Raising Whitley,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and KBLX radio personality Nikki Thomas will take place at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street, Oakland with doors opening at 8:00 p.m.


Confirmed performers include: singer-guitarist D’Wayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Toné!), guitarist Levi Seacer (NPG), guitarist Tony Dwayne, keyboardist Eugene Blacknell (Con Funk Shun and The Whispers), singer -guitarist Wilton Raab (Graham Central Station) and drummer Joey Truso. Vocalists slated to appear are Tiffany Austin, Rhonda Benin (Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), Karen Brewington, Faye Carol, Melvin Carter, Darlene Coleman, Latoya Gaines, Nikita Germaine (Train), Eleanor Harvey, Lucille Hurd, Maxine Jones (En Vogue) Michelle Jordan, Tara Kemp, Amar Khalil (Tony! Toni! Toné!), Ladee Bianca, Ms. Monét (Boz Scaggs), Charlene Moore, Terrie Odabi, Otis Redding III, Sakai Smith (Train), Sangin’ Sara (Ledisi), Brenda Vaughn, and Robin Williams.


Other artists will be announced as the date of the benefit grows closer, according to the release.

Gaines is best known as a former member of Prince’s band, the New Power Generation (NPG) who was featured on the classic single “Diamonds and Pearls” from Prince’s album of the same name. Prince’s musical relationship with Gaines started after he heard her on a demo she recorded for a song he had written. Prince was so impressed with Gaines that he asked her to join the NPG. Gaines’ three-year stint with Prince and the NPG included touring internationally as lead and backup vocalist, and keyboardist.

Upon hearing of Gaines’ situation, Prince and Sheila E. have offered and provided support for the singer.

Admission to the Rosie Gaines tribute is a minimum donation of $20 for musical artists, $30 for the general public. Proceeds from the event will go toward alleviating mounting bills and losses Gaines incurred due to her failing health as well as helping secure housing for the singer.

For more details, contact Vaughn at biebiz@aol.com or call (510) 839-4644.


Article Courtesy of http://www.eurweb.com/2015/01/entertainers-unite-for-fundraiser-to-help-former-prince-protege-rosie-gaines/


Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2015 by Otis Redding III

Five schools in Macon are joining a national initiative by trying to break a world record to promote childhood literacy.


It's called "Read for the Record Day." It challenges the world record of reading the same book to as many children as possible in one day. This year adults throughout the U.S. will read the book "Bunny Cakes" to elementary schools on October 21.

Barnes and Noble is hosting a book drive to ensure all children at Burdell-Hunt Elementary receive a copy of Bunny Cakes. A percentage of purchases made from Friday through next Tuesday will go toward buying books.

Organizers says those who would like to participate in the book drive should reference the Junior League of Macon at checkout. Last year member of the Junior League of Macon, Whitney Mooney, says they had a special guest reader. "We actually had Otis Redding Jr. come and read to the students as well since the book was Otis. So we had him come and he's going to return again and read for the students again on read for the record day as well as some other local celebrities," said Mooney. She was referring of to Otis Redding III, son of the late R&B legend.

Organizers of the book drive will also host a story time on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble in Macon.

Courtesy of 13WMAZ (Original Story)



Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2015 by Otis Redding III

"Since interviewing Otis Redding III back in late 2012 and getting to know more about him and his life journey since losing his dad back in 1967 I've kept a close interest in what is happening in his life. So I was more than delighted when he contacted me and sent me a copy of his new single 'Leaving Me'. This song is Soulful with a capital 'S' and immediately catchy. Each time I play it I feel like I'm catching up with an old friend, it has that affect on you.

Delighted to include it in my 'Drivin' Home With the Blues with Irene B' radio show and 'Rock & Blues Downunder with Irene B' on Cairns FM89.1 Australia.

Congratulations Otis, 'Leaving Me' is a class act and so are you." – Irene Barrett

"Rock & Blues Downunder with Irene B"


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