Today (Sept. 9) would have been Otis Redding's 80th birthday - and the King of Soul's legend looms larger than ever. Streams of his classic catalog have exceeded 3 billion worldwide, and a combination of celebration and revisitation are sure to keep fans old and new tuned in as time goes on.
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You might be asking yourself how you can celebrate Otis' special day - and we have a few ideas to get you started!
Check Out Some Remixes
If you're looking to hear Otis in a new way, you're in luck! This fall, a myriad of artists will be paying homage to his music with some bold new remixes. The first, available today, is a revisit of "Tramp," a No. 2 soul hit with Carla Thomas, newly mixed by Australian duo Korky Buchek.
And if you're a fan of immersive audio, you'll also want to point your players to Dolby Atmos mixes of seven of Otis' classic songs: "These Arms of Mine," "Pain in My Heart," "I've Got Dreams to Remember," "That's How Strong My Love Is," "Love Man" and the holiday staples "Merry Christmas Baby" and "White Christmas."
Join the Party
Former Boogie Down Productions member and DJ D-Nice took to the Internet in 2020 with his Club Quarantine series, featuring unique DJ sets to keep people upbeat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight, for Otis' birthday, D-Nice is back on the decks for a special tribute set to benefit the Otis Redding Foundation. He'll also receive an Award of Respect from the philanthropic group. It all goes down over Instagram at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.
Check Out Some Art
If you live near Otis' hometown of Macon, GA, the Macon Arts Alliance will display through this month a special exhibition of Otis-inspired art by local artists. It runs through Sept. 24 and you can even buy some of the works here.