For many music listeners, singer Otis Redding embodied soul music. On such defining R&B tracks as "Try a Little Tenderness," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Can't Turn You Loose" and his posthumous hit, "(Sittin' On) the Dock of The Bay," Redding's gritty, impassioned voice could roar like a preacher testifying to his flock or croon like a wounded lover trying to reclaim his beloved's heart. He released just six albums and a handful of singles during his shockingly brief career, but for many, every one of these recordings was an enduring classic, leaving a lasting impact on the tone and fervor of R&B and rock-n-roll. A favorite of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, he provided career-defining hits for Aretha Franklin ("Respect") and Arthur Conley ("Sweet Soul Music"), and had a lasting influence on such performers as Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Michael Bolton and virtually anyone who brought a touch of Southern soul to their sound. A giant in 20th century popular music, his death by plane crash in 1967 ended a promising career, but immortalized him as the voice of soul for generations.