Otis Redding III, with unwavering love and care, carried on the beautiful legacy of his legendary father, keeping the soulful music alive for generations to come.
Otis Redding III, Son of Soul Legend, Passes Away at 59: A Tribute to His Musical Legacy In a heartbreaking announcement, the family of Otis Redding III revealed that the talented singer and guitarist lost his battle with cancer at the age of 59.
The son and namesake of the iconic 1960s soul singer, Otis Redding, leaves behind a legacy that spans decades and showcases his unwavering passion for music. Despite facing the weight of his father’s legendary status, Redding III carved his own path in the industry, leaving an indelible mark on the world of funk and soul. His passing marks the end of an era and a somber moment for music lovers around the world.
Redding III was just a toddler of 3 when his father tragically perished in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, along with several band members. However, he followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in music, forming the funk band The Reddings with his brother, Dexter, in the 1980s. The band recorded six albums during that decade, with singles like “Remote Control” and “Call The Law” making appearances on the Billboard charts. While The Reddings never achieved the same level of success as their father, Redding III continued to pursue his passion for music even after the band’s final album in 1988.
Despite the challenges of living up to his father’s legacy, Redding III remained dedicated to his craft. He was once hired as a guitarist for soul singer Eddie Floyd’s European tour, where he learned to sing his father’s famous songs, including “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” In a 2018 interview, Redding III shared how he initially felt hesitant about singing his father’s songs, but eventually embraced it, saying, “I go ahead and do what people want, and I live with it. But I’m not under any pressure and I don’t put myself mentally under any pressure to go begging for record deals.”
In addition to his musical pursuits, Redding III worked closely with his family’s foundation to organize summer camps that taught children to play music. He also served as the board president for the local chapter of Meals on Wheels, showcasing his dedication to his community and his commitment to giving back. According to his website, Redding III continued to perform his father’s songs for audiences big and small, from Carnegie Hall tribute concerts to intimate weddings and private parties.
Redding III’s legacy as a musician, philanthropist, and torchbearer of his father’s soulful tunes is a testament to his enduring impact on the music world. His unwavering passion for music, despite the weight of his father’s fame, is a testament to his own talent and dedication to his craft. As we bid farewell to a true musical talent, Otis Redding III’s contributions to the world of funk and soul will never be forgotten, and his memory will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Otis Redding III – your music will live on forever.