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The world is coming together to celebrate the late King of Soul. As we all know Aretha Franklin to be the “Queen of Soul”  the award’s name pays homage to Otis Redding, who was the original singer of “Respect,” the very song that made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”

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The proclamation of the King of Soul was formally announced during at The Otis Redding Museum in Macon, Georgia. This exhibit is a collection of Redding’s memorabilia that celebrates the life, legacy, and worldly of one of the Temptation’s finest, Otis Redding.

In partnership with Macon Arts Alliance, the city of Georgia also just launched a new art exhibit collection,  recently launched a new art exhibition “INSPIRED BY OTIS,” showcasing works of art by local artists inspired by Redding and his musical legacy. The exhibition runs through Sept. 24.

Redding died in 1967 on December 10th, in a plane crash in Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. Otis was only 26 and had just recorded his hit record, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.

Redding’s legacy lives on and on, especially on September 7th.

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