Macon trolley named after Otis Redding song in honor of singer’s 72nd birthday

hgoodridge@macon.comSeptember 9, 2013 

NewTown Macon named one of its trolleys “Dreams to Remember” in honor of Otis Redding’s 72nd birthday.

The announcement was made about noon Monday in front of The Otis Redding Foundation on Cotton Avenue.

The event was attended by Redding’s widow, Zelma, and children Karla Redding-Andrews and Otis Redding III.

Zelma Redding co-wrote the song “Dreams to Remember” with her husband.

Terrell Sandefur, owner of Macon’s SoChi Gallery, came up with the idea to name the trolley in a tribute to the late soul singer, who had hits with songs such as “Try a Little Tenderness,” “These Arms of Mine” and “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”

“I went through all of Otis’ songs, but this one Zelma co-wrote and she’s still here,” said Sandefur, a publicist for the family. “It made the most sense. ... The trolleys are mostly used by tourists when they tour around Macon, and they will hopefully have dreams to remember.”

Otis Redding III said he was honored that the trolley was named after his parents’ song.

“I’m very thankful that Macon never seems to forget about my father,” he said as the song played in the background and as well-wishers took pictures of the trolley.

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