Soul Survivor

December 15, 1967

I was asleep. What woke me up was the increased pressure of the plane going down. I yelled, 'Oh, no,' but I couldn’t do anything. The next thing I remember, I was in the water with a cushion in my hands. I was in the water 17 to 20 minutes before they picked me up.

— Ben Cauley on surviving the Wisconsin plane crash that killed five bandmates from the Bar-Kays and legendary soul singer Otis Redding.