Otis Redding: Georgia native Redding was the hired driver for Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers when they recorded at Stax in 1962. He pleaded for a chance to sing and got it. He recorded 30 singles. After successful European tours and an appearance at the Monterrey Pop Festival, Redding was poised for superstardom. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967 on his way to Madison, Wisc., from a recording session in Memphis.
Hit tune: "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."