Otis Redding: 9/9/1941
“The Big O,” “The Man From Macron,” “Rockhouse Redding,” and “The King Of Soul.” It’s hard to imagine that someone who lived only until he was 26 could warrant so many nicknames. Otis Redding was one of the most popular soul and RnB singers in the 60’s and his still “considered one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. He wrote and recorded one of the most famous songs in history “Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay” shorty before a fatal plane crash in 1967. Redding’s influence spans several generations and genres and will always have a place in our hearts!
Robert Hicks AKA Barbecue Bob: 9/11/1902
One of the early Piedmont blues guitarists and vocalists who helped to pioneer the genre and influence the next generation of musicians. Hicks was born in a small town in Georgia where his parents were farmers. A friend and later fellow blues musician Curly Weaver’s mother taught them both how to play the guitar. Hicks gained his nickname “Barbeque Bob” from working as a line cook in a local restaurant and the name stayed with him as a musician. Although his music career was short, he was still able to record 68 different tracks and develop the “frailing style of guitar playing that is associated with claw hammer on the banjo.” Sadly, he passed away in 1931 at the age of 29 due to tuberculosis.
Gustavus “Gus” Cannon: 09/12/1883 or 1884
An early pioneer and banjo player within the ‘jug’ era. Because of record issues, there is some confusion surrounding the exact year of his birth. He grew up in Mississippi where he self-taught himself how to play the banjo. At the age of fifteen, he decided to leave home and began playing music for anyone that would listen at sawmills and other various locations. Cannon also played an important part in popularizing jug bands. Jug band music utilizes homemade and normal instruments like washboard, spoons, etc. His band “Jug Stompers” recorded a few albums and were a widely known band in the area. Unlike many other musicians, Cannon lived a very long life, surviving until the age of 96!
Charles Brown: 9/13/1922