Phil Walden and Jim Stewart were among those who had doubts about the song, the sound, and the production. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. Play Song. Both studio albums and anthologies sold well in America and abroad. [38] The version peaked number 77 on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending April 3, 1988, its third week on the Chart. ' (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' was released in January 1968, soon after Redding's death. [24] The album, which shared the song's title, became his largest-selling to date, peaking at number four on the pop albums chart. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. "[8] Redding continued to tour after the recording sessions. Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. [38], Music critic Thor Christensen in 1994 listed the Sammy Hagar version as one of the "five worst song remakes". Play, download, or share the MIDI song Otis Redding - (Sittin'-On)-The-Dock-Of-The-Bay … It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same. [3] It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. About “ (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay” 5 contributors One of Redding’s most famous songs, this was recorded shortly before he and most of his band were killed in a plane crash. [1] Redding's restrained yet emotive delivery is backed by Cropper's succinct guitar playing. I'll be sittin' when the evening comes. The track became the first ever posthumous #1 single in the US. Follow @genius on Twitter for updates Redding had told his wife … Redding accepted some of the criticisms and fine-tuned the song. Sittin in the morning sun, / I`ll be sittin' when the evening come, / Watching the ships roll in, / And I'll watch 'em roll away again, yeah, / I'm sittin' on the dock Lyrics. [27], Redding's body of work at the time of his death was immense, including a backlog of archived recordings as well as those created in November and December 1967, just before his death. !function(t,e,r){var n,s=t.getElementsByTagName(e)[0],i=/^http:/.test(t.location)? (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". Otis Redding wrote "(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay" 50 years ago while gazing at San Francisco bay, watching the tide roll away. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. [32] Morrison sings an a capella intro for the song, singing directly about Otis Redding. 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Follow @genius And during the verse, the lyrics "Got to find a dock and a bay" appear more than once; as well as several other references to Redding's song. Otis Redding Lyrics. " [36], In April 2013, Justin Timberlake performed the song as part of a tribute to Memphis soul music at the "In Performance" concert series performed at the White House. For other uses, see, Album "Don Partridge", EMI Columbia Records SCX 6280 (1968), Learn how and when to remove this template message, Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, "Show 51 – The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. Jim Morrison made reference to "Dock of the Bay" in the Doors' song "Runnin' Blue", written by Robby Krieger, from their 1969 album The Soft Parade. His version peaked number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. King Curtis's version charted for five weeks starting in March 1968 and peaked at number 84 (during the same month, the original was number one). Watchin' the tide roll away, ooh. Then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. [29], In 1999, BMI named the song as the sixth-most performed song of the twentieth century, with about six million performances. Otis Redding recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” just three days before he tragically died in a plane crash on 9 December 1967. [citation needed] "The Dock of the Bay" was released early in 1968 and topped the charts in the US and UK. Watching the ships roll in. Share. I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes. [...] He had been in San Francisco doing The Fillmore. Play Song. If you listen to the songs I collaborated with Otis, most of the lyrics are about him. In a September 1990 interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Cropper explained the origins of the song: Otis was one of those the kind of guy who had 100 ideas. Then I watch them roll away again, yeah. He forgot what it was so he started whistling. Redding was especially successful in the United Kingdom, where The Dock of the Bay went to number one, becoming the first posthumous album to reach the top spot there. 2, Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings, The Dock of the Bay – The Definitive Collection, Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology. The song was released on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968,[2] becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Otis Redding - The Dock Of The Bay at Discogs. Otis was sitting on the dock, I am sitting here in my room as I am just waiting for time to go by. Songs like "Mr. Pitiful," "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"; they were about Otis and Otis' life. The song was released on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. Sammy Hagar's version charted for five weeks starting in April 1979, peaking at number 65. [28] Through its Atco subsidiary (Atco had distributed Otis Redding's releases from Stax's Volt label), Atlantic issued three more albums of new Redding material, one live album, and eight singles between 1968 and 1970. [30] Rolling Stone ranked The Dock of the Bay number 161 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the third of five Redding albums on the list. The song topped the US chart in March 1968, and its album Dock of the Bay became his largest-selling so far. Key and BPM for (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released in January 1968, shortly after Redding's death. "Dock of the Bay" was exactly that: "I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay" was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform. He added the sound of seagulls and waves crashing to the background, as Redding had requested, recalling the sounds he heard when he was staying on the houseboat. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Vervollständigen Sie Ihre Otis Redding-Sammlung. Aprenda a tocar a cifra de (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding) no Cifra Club. [1] There were concerns that "The Dock of the Bay" had too much of a pop feel for an Otis Redding record, and contracting the Stax gospel act the Staple Singers to record backing vocals was discussed but never carried out. And the story that I got he was renting boathouse or stayed at a boathouse or something and that's where he got the idea of the ships coming in the bay there. "[42], "The Dock of the Bay" redirects here. Editors’ Notes The Dock of the Bay is a testament to the gritty power of horn-driven Memphis soul, Stax-style. I was in a bar one night and a lady asked me to dance, and I told her “not to this song”. It was originally performed by Redding, who (according to Cropper) had "this little fadeout rap he was gonna do, an ad-lib. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. I just took that... and I finished the lyrics. Start Station. From those sessions emerged Redding's final recorded work, including "Dock of the Bay," which was recorded on November 22, with additional overdubs on December 7. His version features the song's co-writer, Steve Cropper, on guitar and members of the band Boston—Brad Delp, Sib Hashian and Barry Goudreau—on backup vocals. Also see Camelot, duration, release date, label, popularity, energy, danceability, and happiness. [10], sales+streaming figures based on certification alone. The song features whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore. In November of that year, he joined producer and guitarist Steve Cropper at the Stax recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, to record the song.[4]. [1] While discussing the song with his wife, Redding stated that he had wanted to "be a little different" with "The Dock of the Bay" and "change his style". Otis recorded "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay Dec.7,1967,three days before he and his band,the Bar-Kays,were killed in a Wisconsin plane crash,and in June or July,1968, it became rock's first posthumous See All Lyrics. [1] He had completed his famed performance at the Monterey Pop Festival just weeks earlier. Share. [40], Zelma Redding, Otis's widow, said she was so moved by Bolton's performance "that it brought tears to my eyes. At the time of his death, Redding still didn’t feel like the song was finished. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding From the album Dock of the Bay Sessions. He completed the song in Memphis with the help of Cropper, who was a Stax producer and the guitarist for Booker T. & the M.G.'s. He reversed the opening, which was Redding's whistling part, and put it at the end as suggested. Redding and six others were killed. Complete your Otis Redding collection. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. [9], After Redding's death, Cropper mixed "Dock of the Bay" at Stax Studios. Redding liked the outdoors, so he chose the boathouse. In quei giorni venne fuori l'ultimo lavoro di Otis Redding, inclusa "Dock of the Bay," registrata fra il 6 e il 7 dicembre. Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A. 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[5], Together, they completed the music and melancholic lyrics of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." “Dock of the Bay” was based on a few thoughts and lines Redding came up with during some time he spent sitting and watching the ocean in California. Billboard ranked the record as the number 4 song for 1968. "[41] In a framed letter that hangs on the wall of Bolton's office, she referred to the record as "my all-time favorite version of my husband's classic. Start Station. Redding ended up sitting on a dock on the San Francisco Bay thanks to Bill Graham, who ran the Fillmore West Auditorium. The song has been recorded by many artists, from Redding's peers, like Glen Campbell, Cher, Peggy Lee, David Allan Coe,[34] Bob Dylan, Don Partridge,[35] Percy Sledge, Dee Clark, and Sam & Dave, to artists in various genres, including Jimmy Velvit (whose cover version was included on his 2001 Grammy-nominated album Sun Sea & Sand), Widespread Panic (who opened their New Year's Eve 2005 concert with the song), Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (whose duet peaked at number 13 on the U.S. [7] The song features a whistled tune heard before the song's fade. A year later, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66's version charted for five weeks starting in June 1969 and peaked at number 66. Sittin' in the mornin' sun. While touring in support of the albums King & Queen (a collaboration with female vocalist Carla Thomas) and Live in Europe, he continued to scribble lines of the song on napkins and hotel paper. 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