When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.
On December 9, 1967, Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local "Upbeat" television show. This recording is of that performance.
The next afternoon, December 10, 1967, Redding, his manager, the pilot, and four members of The Bar-Kays were killed when Redding's Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
The cause of the crash was never precisely determined.
All hail, The King of Soul.