Otis Redding Plane Crash December 10, 1967
Otis Redding Plane Crash December 10, 1967 – Madison, WI
Seven musicians and a pilot were in Redding's twin-engine Beechcraft, which he'd recently purchased from singer James Brown. Redding was 26, Married with 3 children.

The only survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley, who was 20 at the time. Cauley was jolted awake as the plane crashed into Lake Monona about a half mile out from the 4600 block of Tonyawatha Trail in Monona. Cauley, who couldn’t swim, grabbed a seat cushion and held on tight. The crash could be heard across the lakefront. The pilot had given no indication of trouble when he was cleared for landing; the cause of the crash was never determined. More...

Otis Redding remembered at Monona Terrace
40 year remembrance ceremony
at Monona Terrace



The Memorial on the Monona Terrace Rooftop