15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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OTIS REDDING, 26:  A struggling soul singer in the early 60s, Redding made his mark on the musical landscape with his surprise hit “These Arms of Mine” in 1962. The biggest record of his short career and most notable, however, was the timeless classic “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” Unfortunately, Redding would not get to see the song’s impact (4 million copies sold worldwide) as it was released as a single a month after his death in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. He was just 26 years old.

OTIS REDDING, 26: A struggling soul singer in the early 60s, Redding made his…

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