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Celebrating 45 years of Otis Redding’s (’Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’

Let’s all take a moment today to recognize the 45th anniversary of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” one of the most memorable (and covered) songs in the revered soul man’s career – and his only No. 1 hit.

“Dock” was released on Jan. 8, 1968, less than a month after the Macon-bred Redding died in a plane crash in Madison, Wis. The song, the first to posthumously top the charts in the U.S., has since sold more than 4 million copies, won two Grammys and in 1999 was named by BMI as the sixth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 6 million performances.

The Wall Street Journal earlier this week explored “Dock” in its “Anatomy of a Song” series (check it out here).

Here’s a reminder of Redding’s creamy groove, as well as some of the more popular cover versions of the classic song.

9 comments Add your comment

just sayin'

January 8th, 2013
1:59 pm

great song….otis, percy sledge….wow what some memories…

Tell the truth

January 8th, 2013
2:46 pm

Boy, that was the day. They don’t make songs like this anymore. And the world has changed so much for the worse.

Run Red Run

January 8th, 2013
3:08 pm

Virgil Signore

January 8th, 2013
3:16 pm

I doubt if we will ever see a soul artist of his calibre. He epitomized the word “soul”. To this day I still feel his loss.

Steak Shapiro

January 8th, 2013
3:24 pm

Hey, ChaCha:

Now, I’m just gonna sit at the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Oooo-wee, sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

(whistle)

Rick Dees

January 8th, 2013
3:28 pm

He actually had talent, unlike the no-talent-ass-clowns of today: justin bieber, fun, sweedish house meatballs, and carly rae jepsen–what a joke! Don’t make em’ like they used to!

Sparta_Bubba

January 8th, 2013
3:45 pm

Otis had talent and he had talented musicians backing him. I still crank up his music and listen to the real horns and percussions making REAL MUSIC. No synthesizers, no “sampling”, just GOOD clean music with nary a profane word anywhere. Music that you can listen to and not be ashamed.

Robert Fuller

January 8th, 2013
5:00 pm

GREAT TRIBUTE!

Eugene

January 8th, 2013
5:33 pm

Mr. Redding was a masterful storyteller who touched the souls of his many admirers in a very personal and profound way each and every he walked onto a stage. To this day, I just cannot bring myself to turn off the radio or change the station until “Sitting on the Dock…” finishes playing. However, my personal all time Otis favorite is that self-deprecating tune of his entitled, “They call me Mr. Pititful.”