The late Otis Redding is being honored in a special way. On Thursday, Sept. 9 -- what would have been the late Grammy-winning singer's 80th birthday -- the state of Georgia declared the day Otis Redding Day. Redding, the hitmaker behind 29 Billboard Hot 100 songs, was a Georgia native, born in the city of Dawson. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967, at just 26 years old.
Otis Redding Day will be celebrated at The Otis Redding Museum in Macon, Ga., where the museum will showcase a new collection of memorabilia chronicling Redding's life and music legacy. The collection is set to include handwritten notes, unseen photos and more from the late star.
On Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, DJ D-Nice will host a virtual Club Quarantine party in honor of Redding, who was popularly known as the King of Soul. The virtual fundraiser will benefit the Otis Redding Foundation. The philanthropic organization, established by Redding's widow Zelma in 2007, will honor D-Nice with the Award of Respect.