The King of Soul, Otis Redding, was honored July 15 with a Gibson Art Guitar on The Sunset Strip at the Whisky A Go-Go. His son, producer, musician and recording artist OTIS REDDING III autographed the nearly 10-foot tall Gibson Guitar along with artist RAPHAEL SAADIQ and then performed acoustically “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” in tribute to his father.
The painted guitar was created by artists RAPHAEL SAADIQ and UPENDO TAYLOR as a tribute to Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Otis Redding and will be displayed on the legendary music boulevard in conjunction with Gibson GuitarTown Sunset Strip.
This guitar along with many others will be featured as part of the Gibson Experience during the Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) on September 20 and 21, 2014. The art guitar signing event signified Redding’s West Coast debut at the Whisky A Go-Go in 1966 and the impact he made on the famous Sunset Strip Boulevard.
Known for such legendary hits as “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay,” “Try a Little Tenderness” and “These Arms of Mine,” Redding was one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time and influenced many musicians performing today.
Gibson GuitarTown was launched on the Sunset Strip in 2010, a public arts project that features 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The oversized Gibson guitar sculptures were created by locally and nationally acclaimed visual artists and placed along the 1.6-mile Sunset Strip in front of the boulevard’s landmarks and businesses, including the Whisky A Go-Go,