Major Exhibition and Musical Tribute Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Otis Redding’s Passing in his Hometown of Macon, Georgia

(Macon, GA) – On Sept. 14, 2007, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon unveils Otis Redding: I’ve Got Dreams to Remember, the first major exhibition to celebrate the life and artistry of one of the greatest popular singers and performers of the 20th century.
Also on Sept. 14, a musical tribute concert, “An Evening of Respect…The Legacy Continues,” will feature Dexter and Otis Redding III, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, The Bar-Kays, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Diana DeGarmo and other special guests performing Redding’s songs at the stately Grand Opera House in downtown Macon.

On display through Sept. 10, 2008, I’ve Got Dreams to Remember, named after one of Redding’s most poignant and frequently covered songs, presents over 175 artifacts including photographs, hand-written lyrics, posters, letters and other rare memorabilia that vividly tell the story of Redding’s rise to international stardom. Multi-media kiosks enable visitors to experience his musical evolution as a singer, composer, arranger, producer and performer.

All seats for the musical tribute, “An Evening of Respect,” are $100 each and are available through the Macon Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (478) 310-5300.
Proceeds from the concert benefit The Big “O” Educational Dream Foundation, which was established by Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding, to
empower youth to remain confident, motivated and interested in education through music and arts programs.
It was always a personal mission of Redding’s to encourage young people to stay in school. Before his passing, he had developed programs to be held at his ranch where he invited people from all areas of the music industry to lecture to children on the importance of education and learning.
Of her husband’s efforts, Zelma Redding says, “Otis would tell me, ‘If it takes music to get the attention of these young people, then let’s educate them through music.’”

Four decades after his tragic death, Redding’s music continues to enthrall fans worldwide and to influence notable artists in every genre of music–from country, jazz, soul and R &B to hip-hop, blues, rock, reggae, alternative and world music. The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, AlGreen, Taj Mahal,
The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, John Mayer, Christine Aguilera, Etta James, Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Toots Maytal are just a few of the musicians who have covered or sampled Otis Redding’s original songs.

Among the highlights of I’ve Got Dreams to Remember, drawn from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s permanent collection and the archives of the Redding family, as well as friends and colleagues, are:

• Obscure, pre-Stax recordings released in 1960 and 1961 on the Transworld, Finer Arts, Alshire, Confederate and Gerald labels;
• A family scrapbook with candid images of Redding on stage at the Apollo in Harlem and The Royal Peacock in Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1962-65;
• A press release from Walden & Associates that describes “One of the biggest mistakes of Otis’ career”— not recording Dylan’s Just Like A Woman, which he had written with Redding in mind after seeing him perform at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood in April 1966;
• Hand-written lyrics for Don’t Let Me Waste My Time, a never-recorded song;
• Remarkable concert and behind-the-scenes images from the 1966 and 1967
performances at the Olympia Theater in Paris by noted European music photographer,
Jean-Pierre Leloir;
• Memorabilia, photographs, and notable recordings from Jotis, Redding’s own label, by protégés such as Billy Young and Arthur Conley;
• An ultra-rare poster advertising the Dec.10th, 1967, Otis Redding concert at the
Factory in Madison, Wisconsin, the concert he was en route to when his plane crashed;
• Western Union telegrams to Redding’s family from James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley and other musical luminaries expressing their heartfelt sorrow over Redding’s death.

For more information, contact Lisa Love or Katie Roberts at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, (478) 751-3334 or e-mail llove@georgia.org or kroberts@georgia.org.
The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is located at 200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in the heart of downtown Macon. Hours are Mon. – Sat., 9 – 5 p.m., and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and college students with ID, and $3.50 for ages 4 – 16. Visit www.georgiamusic.org
For more on the Hall of Fame, www.otisredding.com to learn about The Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation, or www.maconga.org to plan a trip to Macon.<