BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #199: “[SITTIN ON] THE DOCK OF THE BAY”- OTIS REDDING- MARCH 16, 1968

Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding (Single; DRO ...

Billboard #1 Hits: #199: “{Sittin’ On} The Dock Of The Bay”- Otis Redding

  • Single: “{Sittin’ On} The Dock Of The Bay”- Otis Redding
  • Record Company- Volt
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
  • Time: 2:38
  • B-side:”Sweet Lorene”
  • Album- The Dock Of The Bay
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 for 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart.

Otis Redding started writing the lyrics to “{Sittin’ On} The Dock Of The Bay”- in August 1967 while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California. He would complete the song with the help of Stax producer and Booker & The MG’s guitarist Steve Cropper. The song was recorded just days before his death in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. Otis Redding was only 26 years old.

Steve Cropper said in an interview with NPR-

“Otis was one of those the kind of guy who had 100 ideas. […] He had been in San Francisco doing The Fillmore. And the story that I got he was renting boathouse or stayed at a boathouse or something and that’s where he got the idea of the ships coming in the bay there. And that’s about all he had: “I watch the ships come in and I watch them roll away again.” I just took that… and I finished the lyrics. If you listen to the songs I collaborated with Otis, most of the lyrics are about him. […] Otis didn’t really write about himself but I did. Songs like “Mr. Pitiful,” “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)”; they were about Otis and Otis’ life. “Dock of the Bay” was exactly that: “I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay” was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform.”

Below is a list of posthumous #1 Hits- Otis Redding was the first of eight.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #199: “[SITTIN ON] THE DOCK OF THE BAY”- OTIS REDDING- MARCH 16, 1968

    • I think in looking over the list of the ones we lost too soon- he would be at the top of the list- as far as what he had left to give. I think he was just starting to enter his prime when he was killed. Yes this is a song you could listen to on a loop forever and never get tired of hearing.

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