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Otis Redding Honored With Statue

September 17, 2002

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MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Otis Redding, the soul singer best known for ``(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,″ has been honored in his hometown with a 7-foot bronze statue that shows him sitting on a dock, playing his guitar.

Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding, attended the unveiling ceremony Sunday in Gateway Park on the banks of the Ocmulgee River.

``Today, he would say, `I finally got all the respect I deserved,‴ she told The Macon Telegraph.

Redding was killed in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967, on the way to a concert in Wisconsin.

A tribute concert will be held in Macon on Dec. 7, the 35th anniversary of the song’s recording.


On the Net:

Otis Redding Web site: http://www.otisredding.com/

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