Sittin’ on the doc of the bay with Otis Redding

When I was working in Memphis with Willie Mitchell and Al Green at HI Records, I had the privilege of meeting many of the great Memphis session players, some of whom played on the STAX hits of the past. I noticed that when the talk turned to The Greatest Artists to come out of the city, the name: OTIS REDDING came up most often.

His was a tragic story; like JANIS and JIMI he played the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and that projected him into Stardom. He and Steve Cropper wrote a tune called: SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY, and while it was being mixed went on a Midwest Tour in his light airplane that JAMES BROWN had warned him against buying.

Flying in bad weather into Madison, Wisconsin, the plane suddenly dove into a freezing cold lake. Otis Redding was 26, and the song: Dock of the Bay, was released after his death. It went #1 on both the Pop and Soul Charts. Redding received many posthumous accolades including induction into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. His music has held up very well, and is still played today. @therealdonrocks

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