December 9, 1967

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Otis had just started his winter tour after a three-month break recovering from surgery for throat polyps His first stop was Cleveland Ohio to make a Television appearance on the nationally syndicated Upbeat show hosted by Don Webster @ the WEWS Studios and to play at a concert at Leo’s Casino.

On December 10, 1967, Redding, his manager, four members of his band and his pilot boarded Otis Reddings privately owned twin engine Beachcraft plane and headed to the next tour stop which was at the Factory Night Club in Madison Wisconsin.

The small plane crashed into Lake Monona near Madison on approuch to the airport where the only survivor was the trumpet player Ben Cauley. The pilot had given no indication of trouble when he was cleared for landing; the cause of the crash was never determined. Redding was 26, Married with 3 children.
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