Song of the Day: Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay” #rmf

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.

22 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay” #rmf

  1. Great song. I remember well the song getting a lot of radio play with the DJs often recounting the irony of Redding’s death and the lyrics.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. Hi John – wish I was … the wet stuff sprays its way across land and sea here! Love this song … so evocative … take care and a peaceful weekend – Hilary


  3. I wish he could have seen the success of this record. One of the best in rock/soul. I read an Allman Brothers book and his manager Phil Walden and some of his crew became affiliated with the Allmans. What a singer he was…and showman


  4. Great song from an artist who died way too young. I have a book on musicians that my brother gave me and there is. Picture of Otis Redding being taken out of the water. This is something that has stayed with me.


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