Before his album of duets with Carla Thomas, before "Dock of the Bay," even
before wowing the crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding was in a
band not as the front man, but mostly because he could drive.That band was
Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, a staple of the Macon music scene in the
early days of rock and roll. And yes, guitar ace Jenkins couldn't drive, but
he also had the foresight to give Redding the microphone. The partnership
led to one of Redding's first singles, the rocker "Shout Bama Lama."