Otis Redding in December 1967
|Birth name||Otis Ray Redding, Jr.|
|Also known as||The Big O
The Mad Man from Macon
The King of Soul
September 9, 1941|
Dawson, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||December 10, 1967
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
As I was growing up, I did a lot of talent shows. I won fifteen Sunday nights straight in a series of talent shows in Macon. I showed up the sixteenth night, and they wouldn't let me go on any more. Whatever success I had was through the help of the good Lord.
I love England from head to toe. I love the weather, the people. I was there in the summer and it was nice. The people are so groovy.
If you want to be a singer, you've got to concentrate on it twenty-four hours a day. You can't be a well driller, too. You've got to concentrate on the business of entertaining and writing songs. Always think different from the next person. Don't ever do a song as you heard somebody else do it.
If I were to leave the U.S., I'd live in England. But I'd never leave the U.S. I own a 400-acre farm in Macon, Georgia. I raise cattle and hogs. I own horses, too. I love horses as much as singing. I like to hunt on horseback.