Today, we celebrate Otis Redding's Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay.
Music History Monday: March 28
Today, we celebrate Otis Redding’s Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay.
On this day in 1968, Redding’s song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts; about three months after his death. This song was the first posthumous (appearing/occuring after the death of the originator) Billboard Hot 100 #1 song.
There have only been seven posthumous #1 songs including Redding’s. Other posthumous #1’s include Janis Joplin’s Me & Bobby McGee and John Lennon’s (Just Like) Starting Over. Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay was written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. The song was only recorded twice- once just days before Redding’s fatal plane crash.
The lyrics for the iconic song were inspired by Readding’s trip to a rented houseboat in Sausalito, CA and feature whistling and crashing ocean waves.