Otis Redding
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I've Got Dreams to Remember
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     On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding was playing in Cleveland, Ohio, just three days after recording "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," and was on his way to Wisconsin. The weather was bad, but Redding was determined to fly. Redding's plane crashed into Lake Monona, only three minutes away from its destination in Madison. With him was his backup band, the Bar-Kays, of whom only one member survived.
     Redding's funeral, held in the Macon City Auditorium, was a virtual Who's Who of the soul world. The Soul Clan- Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, and Don Covay- were there; so were James Brown, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Fats Domino, and Little Richard. Jerry Wexler delivered the eulogy; Johnnie Taylor and Joe Simon were pallbearers. Booker T. Jones played the organ while Johnnie Taylor sang "I'll be Standing By." A motorcade left the auditorium headed for Redding's ranch, and screaming teenagers flung themselves onto limousines carrying stars. "It seemed to be a macabre holiday," said "Soul" magazine, "in the city of Macon when Otis was laid to rest."
     Redding's death shook his colleagues, his fans, and Stax. Steve Cropper said, "Otis had been the King of Soul, the King of Stax, the King of Everything that evolved around us." William Bell sang in his song "A Tribute to a King," "Otis, Otis Redding was his name/ Without his soulful singing this old world won't be the same."
     After his death, several of Redding's recordings reworked by Steve Cropper were released by Stax, including the "Dock of the Bay" album and "History of Otis Redding," which included the song "I've Got Dreams to Remember," written with his wife, Zelma. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was number one on the R&B charts, won a Grammy for Best Song of the Year and gave him a Grammy for Best R&B Performance and his only Gold Record.

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