An encore presentation from last year
Otis wrote "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay" with guitarist Steve Cropper in 1967, and it seemed no one liked it: Otis’s wife Zelma didn’t like the melody, Stax cofounder Jim Stewart didn’t think it was R&B, and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn thought it might damage Stax’s reputation. However, Otis wanted to expand his style, and they recorded the song with backing by Booker T. & The MG’s, Isaac Hayes, and The Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love) in November, completing the overdubs in early December, right before his untimely death in a plane crash. Stax released it on its Volt label in 1968, and it became the first posthumous release to reach #1 on the Hot 100. It also reached #1 on the R&B chart.