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on June 23, 2015
It hurts my heart to think about Mr. Redding. I lived in Madison, Wisconsin when on December 10, 1967 his plane went down in Lake Monona. I was only 8 but when "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" started to flood every radio station it seemed shameful to learn he had been flying to give a concert in my town, kind of like how Dallas is for JFK. It's funny: the very first sentence of the liner notes spells it Lake "Monoma." And Wikipedia says Lake Monona is in Waterford, WI. No...wrong county.
Jeez. I didn't know he wrote "Respect." Or dozens of other great songs. I can't believe he was only 26. Some musicians can write music...some can belt out the songs. When one musician can do both, well, he was born in 1941 and so would be only 74 years old now. Think about his trajectory and what his lifetime body of work could have been.
I'm tearing up a bit: right after "Dock of the Bay" is the last song on this album: "I've got Dreams to Remember."
Otis: we'll remember you always.