Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Abbey Khan
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Otis Redding, was honored posthumously yesterday with a Gibson Art Guitar on The Sunset Strip at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California. His son Otis Redding III, who is a producer, musician and recording artist autographed the nearly 10-foot tall Gibson Guitar along with artist Raphael Saadiq. Afterwards, he performed acoustically “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” in tribute to his legendary father.
Saadiq and fellow artist Upendo Taylor created the painted guitar which will be featured along with many others as part of the Gibson Experience during the Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) on September 20 and 21, 2014. The signing event for Redding’s painted guitar signified his West Coast debut at the Whisky A Go-Go in 1966 and the impact he made on the famous Sunset Strip Boulevard.
Redding’s timeless music includes hit songs (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay, Try a Little Tenderness and These Arms of Mine.