50th Anniversary: The Dock Of The Bay

One of the greatest soul songs of all time celebrates its 50th anniversary of hitting #1 on the charts!  Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of March 15, 1968.

Here are a few things you may not have known about this classic song:

  • Otis died in a plane crash three days after the song was recorded (December 1967)
  • The song was unfinished when the demo was recorded and the last verse is whistled because it had not been written yet
  • Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s were the backing band on this track
  • The song won a 1968 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance