Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Evening of Respect Celebrates 70 Years of Otis Redding with Star-Studded Musical Tribute and Awards Ceremony

Dexter & Otis Redding III, Karla Redding Andrews, V. Bozeman and Timothy Bloom attend 'An Evening of Respect' Celebrating 70 Years of Otis Redding  in Macon, GA.

Proceeds from Event Benefited Foundation in Honor of Legendary Singer

Via Press Release: On September 10, 2011, the Estate of Otis Redding, the City of Macon, GA and scores of celebrities, dignitaries and fans from all over the world gathered to celebrate the 70th birthday of the late, great Otis Redding at An Evening of Respect. Known for classic hits such as “Dock of the Bay,” “These Arms of Mine,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Satisfaction,” and “Respect,” which was also recorded by Aretha Franklin, Redding was killed in a plane crash at the young age of 26 in 1967.

Since his death, Otis Redding’s widow Zelma and the Redding family have worked tirelessly to keep his legacy alive. Several years ago they created the Otis Redding Memorial Scholarship Fund and in 2007, the family created the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation, which fosters young people through education and the arts.

Highlights of An Evening of Respect included performances from R&B songbird Ledisi, sizzling hot newcomers Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman, legendary musician, songwriter and Otis Redding collaborator Steve Cropper, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie front man), violinist Ken Ford and Redding’s sons Dexter & Otis Redding, III. Guests also saw Roderick Cox, a young man who has benefited from the support of the foundation conduct Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble for two special pieces written in tribute to 9/11.

Timothy Bloom and V. Bozeman perform.

Zelma A. Redding, Timothy Bloom and V. Bozeman 

Additionally, the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation honored Atlantic Records, Stax Records, Rondor Music International, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia, Steve Cropper and Georgia Teacher of the Year Jadun McCarthy for their contributions in entertainment and education. Proceeds from the event benefited the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation.

For more information on The Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation, please visit

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