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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Otis Redding

The King of the Soul Singers

— 1941 - 1967 —

Otis Redding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William J. Toman, September 2, 2010
1. Otis Redding Marker
Inscription.  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.
Erected 1987 by the Otis Redding Memorial Fund.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is December 10, 1967.
Location. 43° 4.326′ N, 89° 22.764′ 
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W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wilson Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. The marker is in the East Circle of the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One John Nolen Drive, Madison WI 53703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Hawk (a few steps from this marker); Mound City (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Catholic Clubhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Lake (about 500 feet away); Bellevue Apartments (about 500 feet away); Madison Club (about 500 feet away); Olin Terrace (about 500 feet away); Pioneer Men and Women (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Also see . . .
1. Official Otis Redding Online Community. (Submitted on September 3, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Wikipedia Entry. “Born and raised in Georgia, United States, Redding left school at 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’ band, the Pinetoppers, and toured the Southern United States
Otis Redding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William J. Toman, September 2, 2010
2. Otis Redding Marker
With Lake Monona in the background.
as driver and musician. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, ‘These Arms of Mine,’ in 1962. Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later.” (Submitted on December 8, 2013.) 
Additional commentary.
1. Try a Little Tenderness
Below is a YouTube video of a 1967 performance, the day before his death.

    — Submitted December 8, 2013.
Otis Redding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William J. Toman, September 2, 2010
3. Otis Redding Marker
View of the seating area surrounding the marker, with John Nolen Drive in the background.
Otis Redding (1941–1967) image. Click for full size.
From a Volt Records Advertisement
4. Otis Redding (1941–1967)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,551 times since then and 124 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week December 8, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on December 8, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 11, 2023