Happy Birthday Otis Redding: Performing Live In Cleveland in 1967

Watch some of the last moments of Otis Redding's life.

By Andy Kahn Sep 9, 2022 9:00 am PDT

Beloved soul singer Otis Redding was born near Macon, Georgia on this date in 1941. He was only 26-years-old when he died in a plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin in December 1967. Redding’s voice defines soul music, transcends cultures and generations and is truly among the most revered and respected of all-time. Redding’s talents remain the pinnacle of vocal excellence more than a half-century since his tragic death.

Redding performed in Cleveland on December 9, 1967 — the day before the tragic plane crash — holding a concert a Leo’s Casino. Earlier in the day, Redding appeared on the local Cleveland station WEWS-TV’s program Upbeat. In what would be his final televised performance, Redding sang his original “Respect,” which would become a massive hit for Aretha Franklin. Redding also teamed with Mitch Ryder for a rendition of “Knock On Wood.”

Watch some of the last moments of Otis Redding’s life in the pair of clips below:

Respect


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Knock On Wood

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Otis Redding (See 2 videos) and Mitch Ryder

[Originally Published: September 9, 2018]

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