The Prince of Soul 

December 10, 1967 ~ Otis Redding dies at age 26 when his personal Beechcraft plane crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Members of his road band The Bar-Kays also die in the crash; the only survivor is the band’s trumpet player Ben Cauley. One month later, “Dock of the Bay” is released, becoming the first #1 song issued after the artist’s death.