Otis Redding

© Photographed October 3, 2015
Erected 1987 by the Otis Redding Memorial Fund
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
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1941 - 1967
This seating area is dedicated to honor the memory of Otis Redding, Jr., who lost his life in a plane crash in Lake Monona on December 10, 1967 while en route to a Madison engagement.

Known as the "King of the Soul Singers," Redding was acclaimed during his life in France and England as the world's top popular male singer. Four months after his death, he achieved his first American number one record with "Dock of the Bay."

On the morning of the flight to Madison, Redding had been warned of bad weather and was advised to postpone his trip. His loyalty to his Madison fans forced him to proceed. It was the only engagement of his career that he ever missed.

Otis Redding stands with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke in the first rank of American rhythm and blues singers.
The marker is near the lake-side railing, close to the Lake Vista Cafe, at the East Circle of the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, at or near 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison Wisconsin 53703.

NOTE: There are a couple of ways to access the marker. Park in the Convention Center parking structure, or park on John Nolen Drive. Either way, plan for a bit of a hike to reach the marker.

Otis Redding: The King of Soul 

Otis Redding, The Crown Prince of Soul is Dead
From the January 20, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine

Wikipedia: Otis Redding

Monona Terrace

With Lake Mendota visible to the right.

 Looking north along John Nolen Drive.

 The marker is next to the Lake Vista Cafe.

 Nearby planter and artwork.

 Nearby view of the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.

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