Madison, WI -- You have probably heard of Otis Redding. But chances are you don't know the name Ben Cauley. The two are forever linked in history. Cauley was a trumpeter who was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed Redding and other members of his band, the Bark-Kays. Their plane went down in Madison, Wisconsin, 40 years ago this month. Cauley hadn't returned to Madison since the crash, until now. He will be at an event tonight to mark Redding's life.
After Cauley was released from the hospital, he left town so fast he didn't bother to pick up the trumpet or checkbook authorities had recovered from the water. Cauley is now 60. He tells The Associated Press he plans to say a few words at today's event and play a few songs on his trumpet. He says he'll be sure to play "(Sittin' on) The Dock Of The Bay," the song recorded by Redding just three days before the crash. It later topped the music charts.