With rain expected in SoCal this weekend, you might think your weekend is now shot, that is until you hear about the new Otis Redding exhibit at that just opened on Friday at the Grammy Museum. Nestled in as part of L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum has become known for its standing exhibits, as well as its special ones. To start the year off right the Museum has opted to showcase the life and career of Redding, as part of a tribute to this icon of the music industry.
In an official press release, the museum Executive Director of the Grammy Museum had this to say, ‘One of America's greatest soul singers, Otis Redding helped bridge the gap between rock and soul music in the mid-60s,’ said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum. ‘His fans spanned both black and white listeners, and he believed that music was the universal language that could tie us all together. His life came to a tragically early end, and we are honored to share the impact of his career with this new exhibit.’
The exhibit will be on display here until September, and is titled ‘Respect!: Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul.’ The Museum states that it will present several items from the personal life of Redding (such as photos), as well as some of his professional mementos, like his 1968 Grammy Award.
In September the Otis Redding Foundation will be moving the exhibit on to Macon, GA, where (according to the Museum’s official announcement) they will showcase another exhibit/celebration titled ‘Celebrating 75 years of Otis Redding.'
In press release Redding’s family members added their support to the exhibit by saying:
‘My father's first GRAMMY was awarded at the eleventh Grammy Awards in March 1969, almost 47 years ago. To be able to unveil this exhibit, which represents his professional and personal legacy, in the weeks prior to the fifty-eighth Grammy Awards, means the world to us,’ said Otis Redding's daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director of the Otis Redding Foundation.’
His wife added, ‘I hope the exhibit depicting my husband's legacy will continue to forever influence musicians around the world, including those nominees and winners for the fifty-eighth Grammy Awards,’ added Zelma Redding, Executor of the Otis Redding Estate.’
If you would like to join the celebration of Redding’s life, and achievements, then check the Grammy Museum’s official website for dates, ticket prices, and times of operation.