words + photos by Joe Cortez
The Grammy Museum hosted a truly special evening this past Thursday night celebrating the life and remarkable career of legendary soul man Otis Redding as part of the museum's current exhibit, Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul, running now through September 15, 2016.
The exhibit itself showcases incredibly rare and treasured artifacts from Redding's personal estate, on loan from his family. From wardrobe to an actual card from the Otis Redding fan club, longtime fans and those who have yet to discover the man's importance will have so much to discover and enjoy here.
Following a preview of the exhibit, members of Redding's family, including his widow Zelma Redding and children Dexter, Otis and Karla sat down with Nwaka Onwusa and Bob Santelli from The Grammy Museum to discuss Redding's life, career and legacy. Fans were also treated to a special set by Dexter and Otis which included a performance of Redding's enduring classic, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."
At the end of the discussion, special mention was given to the upcoming Otis Redding Weekend in Redding's hometown of Macon, GA from September 9-11, 2016 which will include a star-studded tribute concert on the evening of Saturday, September 10. For more information on this special weekend, head over to otisreddingfoundation.org/eor.
Special thanks to The Grammy Museum for arranging coverage of this special evening. To plan your visit or for a calendar of upcoming events, be sure to head over to grammymuseum.org.
Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul Exhibit Photo Gallery