Otis Sat On the Dock of the Bay

The late Producer and Partner in Atlantic Records, Jerry Wexler, once said that of all the great artists he had worked with, the most powerful personality was Otis Redding. In his early 20's, Otis only cut a few songs before his death, but they all live on. We don't have a video of him performing Dock of the Bay, but the audio quality is excellent. -- TDR

R&B legend Otis Redding worked with ace Stax Records guitarist Steve Cropper on his signature song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." Unfortunately, he didn't live long enough to see it become one of the greatest R&B records of all time.

Redding actually recorded the song twice in 1967, the last time just days before he was killed in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of most of his backing band, the Bar-Kays. Cropper was notified of Redding's death before he'd finished work on the song, and he added the finishing touches as Redding's funeral plans were being made. "Dock Of The Bay" was released the next year, 1968, just weeks after Otis Redding's death. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, and even longer on Billboard's R&B chart.

"Dock Of The Bay" finished up as the number four song for the year of 1968, and it won Otis Redding two posthumous Grammy awards, despite fears of Redding's manager that the song was "too commercial."


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