Soul and R&B singer-songwriter and producer best known for the song "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." Released after his death, it became the first single to posthumously top the Billboard 100.
He sang for the Macon radio station WIBB every Sunday for six dollars. He had his own band called Otis and the Shooters.
He married Zelma Atwood on August 17, 1961, and they had four children together.
He co-wrote "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" with Steve Cropper, who also played guitar on the track.