Otis Redding is arguably not only one of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, but, perhaps, of all time.
His bold arrangements and emotional honest lyrics grabbed the attention of music lovers al over the world. Redding wrote and raanged most of his own material. He was also often assisted by Steve Cropper (Booked T. & the MG's guitarist). In late 1967, Redding sadly passed away in a plane crash in Wisconsin that also took the lives of four of his backup band, the Bar-Kays. His well-known single "[Sittin' On] The Dock Of The Bay" was released just one month after his death, and became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.
The track, that also went onto rise to the top of the pop charts in early 1968, was also set to be a massive artistic breakthrough for Redding, in terms of his songwriting and singing. Redding was a musical influence for many white groups, including the Rolling Stones, who covered a number of his songs including, "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "Pain In My Heart".