“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” Peformed by Otis Redding (1968)

February 4, 2012

Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967)

Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) Photo Credit: Redferns/Retna Ltd.

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#1 R&B, #1 Pop

The title  phrase from Michael Jackson’s song “Gone to Soon,” is the tailored made three word description for the late great soul singer/performer/songwriter Otis Redding.

Redding perished  in a plane crash in December 1967, while on tour with his  Stax labelmates the Barkays: there was only one survivor.

Redding had just recently written “The Dock of the Bay” in an effort to broaden his musical horizons and to give something new to his fans.  Some around him felt the song wan’t right for him, but Otis knew it was a great song. Otis was so right in his feelings for ” The Dock of the Bay:”  the song not only “crossed-over” to top both the R&B AND Pop charts in 1968  when released poshumously — it also won not one but two Grammy awards!

TDOB won the 1968 Grammy Award Best Rhythm and Blues Song for songwriters Otis Redding and Steve Cropper  and 1968  Grammy for  Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male  for  Otis Redding.

This song was one of my favorites for a long, long time after it’s release. I (along with most of my teenage friends) knew every word and sang it whenever possible.  Young and old, Black and White — everyone loved it. And of course I still do and always will.

What are your thought about “Dock of the Bay?” My comment section is ready and waiting to hear from you.

Musically Yours,


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