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.