Friday, July 29, 2016

Otis Redding: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (1968)



Otis Redding [1941–1967] sings “(Sitting’ on) the Dock of the Bay.” a record that was released after the singer's death, It is found on the album of the same name, released on January 8, 1968. The song appears to have a nice easy summer feel to it, the sound of tides rolling in and rolling out, yet the layer of escapism is an attempt to cover the unease and tensions beneath (Look like nothin’s gonna change / Everything, still remains the same). This acts as a counterpoint to the first verse, written, Wikipedia writes, while Redding was “on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California,” (Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun / I'll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes). 

Wikipedia adds:“It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968,[2] becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US.[3] It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.“ Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967; he was 26. (The other victims of the crash were four members of the Bar-Kays—guitarist Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell and drummer Carl Cunningham; their valet, Matthew Kelly; and the pilot, Richard Fraser.)