Happy Birthday Otis Redding; Video From His Last Performance in Cleveland




Otis Redding would have been 70 years old today.

The last three shows before his untimely and tragic death, including his last broadcast performance, were in Cleveland. He appeared on WEWS' nationally syndicated show 'Upbeat' on December 9, 1967, and then played two small shows at Leo's Casino. It was then that Redding and his band hopped on a plane for Wisconsin. The flight would never reach its destination, crashing into Lake Monona instead on December 10.

Below, video from Redding's performance on 'Upbeat' from NewsNet5.

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