Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on January 27th of 1968 Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay” is released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. It will become the first posthumous number-one single in US chart history. Otis had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add lyrics in place of the whistling that is heard during the closing bars. Stax guitarist Steve Cropper wrote this with Redding. Cropper produced the album when Redding died, including this track with various songs Redding had recorded the last few years. Steve Cropper was a big fan of The Association, who had hits in 1966 with “Cherish” and “Along Comes Mary.” He wrote the bridge for “Dock Of The Bay” based on their music, which he thought would help give the song a pop sound. Cropper thought The Association were a great example of an R&B influenced pop group. Redding recorded this with Booker T. & the MG’s, the house band for Stax Records. They played with all the Stax artists, including Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and Albert King, and had a hit on their own with “Green Onions” in 1962. The R&B ballad topped off at #3 in the UK.