Redding among inductees into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

obrown@macon.comNovember 30, 2012 

Soul music legend Otis Redding was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night, and his sons helped put an exclamation point on the evening.

Dexter and Otis Redding III drew a standing ovation after a 10-minute medley of three of their father’s most well-known songs: “Hard to Handle,” “Try a Little Tenderness” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.”

“It was great. People liked the show,” Redding III said Friday afternoon from Memphis. “It was a lot of fun.”

Redding was inducted in the Memphis hall’s inaugural class, along with two dozen others, including Elvis Presley, Al Green, Isaac Hayes and B.B. King.

The evening concluded with the inductees and their families or representatives all coming on stage to accept a foot-tall pewter statuette, according to The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

Several of Redding’s albums were on Stax Records, which was originally based in Memphis. Among them were “Live in London and Paris” and “Live on the Sunset Strip.”

The latest honor for Redding, who’s already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, came a little more than a week before the anniversary of his death.

Redding died on Dec. 10, 1967, when his small plane crashed into a lake on the way to a show in Madison, Wis. He was 26.

He recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” just days before his death.

Redding was born in the town of Dawson, near Albany, and moved to Macon’s Tindall Heights neighborhood with his family when he was 3. He stayed in Macon after he reached stardom, buying a 300-acre ranch in Jones County with his wife, Zelma.

A statue of Redding is in Gateway Park in downtown Macon.

Redding also is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers three of Redding’s recordings, “Shake”, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” among its 500 songs “that shaped rock and roll.”

To contact writer Oby Brown, call 744-4396.

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