Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding won two Grammy Awards in 1969. In the same year the song made it to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spent a total of four weeks at number #1.

Official music video

Date of release: 1968, January 8
Type of music release: Single
Songwriter: Steve Cropper, Otis Redding
Producer: Steve Cropper
Label: Volt, Atco

What music magazines wrote about '(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay'


Stereogum wrote about the song in 2018 in a series of articles about all the No. 1 songs on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100:
"It’s a deeply soul-weary song about moving all the way across the country, trying to change your situation, and just finding yourself completely alone."[1]

Rolling Stone

The origins of the song can be traced back to June 1967. Rolling Stone wrote about it in December 2017:
"The roots of the song trace back to June of that year. In the middle of the month, Redding, backed by Booker T. & the M.G.’s, left the largely white crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival awestruck, making an impression rivaled only by the Who and Jimi Hendrix."[2]


[1] Breihan, T. (2018, October 31). The Number Ones: Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” Stereogum. https://www.stereogum.com/2020876/the-number-ones-otis-reddings-sittin-on-the-dock-of-the-bay/columns/the-number-ones/

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