Ben Cauley

Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

After Plane Crash, Stroke, Bar Kays’ Ben Cauley Still Playing Soul

Ben Cauley warming up before the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival on September 4, 2011.
Credit Isaac Singleton

Bar-Kays’ trumpet player Ben Cauley celebrated his 65th birthday this year, and he has much to celebrate. Cauley was the sole survivor of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Otis Redding and four band members of the Bar-Kays outside of Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1967. With resilience and an undeniable exuberance for music, Cauley continued his career, in spite of a number of hurdles, including a massive stroke. 

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