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Forty-five years after his death, family, friends and fans are still celebrating the life andmusic of soul legend Otis Redding.

It was on this day, December 10, 1967 that his private twin-engine Beechcraft H18 went down in Lake Mononanear Madison, Wisconsin. The crash killed seven of eight people on board, including Redding.

The singer was only 26-years old when he died with some members of the band, the Bar-Kays.

Redding recordedthe hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,"three days prior to his death in Memphis. It was his biggest-selling single, landingon both the R&B and pop music charts.

The legacy of the famous singer continues through the work of the Big O Youth Educational Dream Foundation, which is run by his widow Zelma and daughter Karla to help introduce young people to music.

Redding's family moved to Macon from Dawson, Georgia when Otis was three years old.

He was posthumously inducted in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 by fellow Macon native Little Richard, and in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1981.