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It's Otis Redding Day in Georgia

by VVN Music

Late last week, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a resolution to make February 15, 2018 Otis Redding Day in the state of Georgia.

Born in Dawson, Georgia, Redding had a short but legendary seven year recording career before being killed in a plane crash on December 9, 1967.

The text of the resolution:

Honoring the life, memory, and legacy of Otis Redding, Jr., and recognizing February 15, 2018, as Otis Redding Day at the state capitol; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia, Otis Redding, Jr., moved to Macon at an early age and attended Ballard Hudson High School; and

WHEREAS, Otis' prodigal gift for music became evident as he rose to prominence in the Macon music scene, winning countless local contests and enchanting all who heard him perform; and

WHEREAS, he cut his first hit single, "These Arms of Mine," at the age of 18 and its critical and commercial success propelled Otis to national, and eventually international, stardom; and

WHEREAS, Otis Redding, Jr., wrote, composed, and produced many beloved songs over the years and his stature grew larger with each release, culminating in his box office record-setting tours across North America in which he performed to massive crowds of adoring fans; and

WHEREAS, many covers of songs written and composed by Otis have gone on to become landmarks of popular music, including The Black Crowes' rendition of "Hard to Handle" and Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Respect," and his inescapable influence on the development of soul music led to him being dubbed the King of Soul; and

WHEREAS, Otis was an entrepreneur, wisely investing his musical earnings in real estate, livestock, stocks, and bonds, and eventually his penchant for business led him to form his own label, Jotis Records; and

WHEREAS, he was a trailblazer in the struggle against segregation; his mixed race band reflected his belief that music could be a universal force capable of uniting individuals from all races, cultures, and ethnicities; and

WHEREAS, Otis tragically passed away in a plane crash three days after recording his number one hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of The Bay"; and

WHEREAS, he was united in love and marriage to his wife, Zelma Atwood, and was blessed with three remarkable children, Dexter, Karla, and Otis III; and Zelma would go on to adopt Demetria after Otis' passing; and

WHEREAS, Otis was a person of magnanimous strengths with an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness, and kindness, and by the example he made of his life, he made this world a better place in which to live; and

WHEREAS, a compassionate and generous man, Otis will long be remembered for his love of family and friendship, will be missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing him, and his music will continue to enchant, inspire, and mesmerize all who hear it for centuries to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body join in honoring the life, memory, and legacy of Otis Redding, Jr., and recognize February 15, 2018, as Otis Redding Day at the state capitol.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the family of Otis Redding, Jr., the public, and the press.

The Senate presentation is set for 10:30 AM EST while the House presentation will be at 11:30 AM EST.  Both can be watched at the Georgia General Assembly website.


Dan said…
My eyes welled up when I read this. What a beautiful statement.
- Dan Greenfield, Carrollton, GA