The family of Otis Redding ended a week of events commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the iconic singer’s passing (December 10, 2007) in their hometown of Macon , Georgia.
Ranked #21 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, Redding’s legacy includes a string of timeless hits including “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Satisfaction,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Respect” and “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay.”
The week long commemoration, which benefits The Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation, included a musical tribute hosted by special guests Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore with performances by Dexter and Otis Redding, III (The Reddings), The Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Bar-Kays, Taj Mahal and American Idol finalist, Diana DeGarmo. An audience of over 2,000 were in attendance, including Macon Mayor, C. Jack Ellis, Congressman Jim Marshall (D-Ga. 8th District), Michael L. Thurmond, Labor Commissioner, State of Georgia and Kenneth L. Stewart, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“It was an evening to remember,” stated Redding ‘s widow, Zelma. “Seeing my sons perform Otis’ music with the Bar-Kays brought back so many memories of Otis’ days performing with that band. It was an excellent evening and we raised over $100,000 for The Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation.”