June 2, 2023

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Otis Redding III, who followed his father into music, has died at the age of 59

Otis Redding IIIson and name Famous soul singer of the 60’swho made a name for himself as a singer and guitarist, passed away on Tuesday in Macon, Ga. at the age of 59.

His sister, Carla Redding Andrews, said the cause was cancer a permit It was posted on the Facebook page of Otis Reading Foundationwhich is a family charitable foundation.

Mr. Redding was only 3 years old when his father died, along with several members of his band, in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, outside of Madison, Wis. Otis Redding III and his brother, dexterWith his cousin, Mark Lockett, he formed the funk band the Reddings, who recorded six albums in the 1980s. Otis was a guitarist with the group. Dexter, who survived him, played bass and handled vocals; Mr. Lockett played keyboards.

The band had some success on the Billboard charts: “Remote Control” reached No. 6 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 89 on the Hot 100 in 1980. The group’s final album, simply called “The Reddings,” contained the hit song ” Call the Law”, reaching No. 88 on the Billboard album chart in 1988.

The Redding brothers never came close to matching their father’s success, but Otis Redding III continued to perform. When soul singer Eddie Floyd hired him as a guitarist on a European tour, Mr. Redding became comfortable singing “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” and other songs his father was known for, he told WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, in 2018.

Mr. Redding recalls Mr. Floyd saying, “He said, ‘You can play guitar with me, but you have to sing some of your daddy’s songs. of the Bay “Tonight” He continued to perform his father’s songs live.

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He said he was grateful for his father’s lasting legacy even if it overshadowed his efforts in making music.

He said, “I go ahead and do what people want, and I live with it.”

Otis Redding III was born on December 17, 1963 in Macon. His mother was Zelma Atwood.

In later years, he worked with his family’s foundation to organize summer camps to teach children to play music. He also served as chairman of the local chapter of Meals on Wheels.

In addition to his sister Mrs. Redding-Andrews and his brother, Mr. Redding’s survivors include another sister, Demetria Redding.

The New York Times contributed reporting.