Sony Music Publishing inks admin deal to represent Otis Redding song catalog in the US

From L-R – (rear left) Arron Saxe, Walter Jones, Derek Crownover, Jarred Andrews, Dexter Redding (rear center) Justin Andrews, Zelma Redding, Karla Redding-Andrews, Brian Monaco, Liz Lewis, Jon Platt

Sony Music Publishing (SMP) now represents the legendary Otis Redding catalog in the United States.

SMP has inked a publishing admin agreement with the Estate of Otis Redding Jr., doing business as Big O Holdings LLC.

Redding is known for chart-topping hits including, “Respect,” (also a hit for Aretha Franklin), “Try A Little Tenderness”, and “Hard To Handle,” covered by the Black Crowes.

A trailblazer in soul and rhythm and blues music, Redding released his debut album, “Pain In My Heart,” in 1964. It produced his first hit single, “These Arms of Mine.”

Redding co-wrote, with Steve Cropper, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” which was released posthumously in 1968 following Redding’s death on December 10, 1967. The song hit No.1 on the Pop and R&B charts and received two Grammy Awards in 1969.

A native of Macon, Georgia, Redding was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

“For over 50 years I have been diligent to make sure Otis’ legacy remains relevant and recognizable around the world. I feel that the Sony Music Publishing team can assist my family in this never-ending effort,” stated Mrs. Zelma Redding.

“As one of the most significant songwriters of our lifetime, Otis Redding remains an American treasure,” commented Sony Music Publishing Chairman/CEO Jon Platt.

“Otis’ songs have shaped the cultural landscape across genres and generations, and it is a privilege to partner with the Redding family as stateside custodians of this singular music catalog.”

Sony Music Publishing President, Global Chief Marketing Officer Brian Monaco added: “Otis Redding was a rare talent – his songs are unmistakably brilliant, and their enduring impact remains strong to this day.

“We are honored to join forces with the Redding family to represent his catalog and strengthen his legacy as one of the most iconic songwriters in American history.”Music Business Worldwide