1968 – Otis Redding’s “The Dock of the Bay” is released

Otis Redding wrote other songs that are well remembered for, such as “Respect” (best known for Aretha Franklin’s version of it), but to most people, his name is best associated with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”. As it should be, since it is an absolutely fantastic song.

Otis wrote the first verse in June 1967, but got a little stuck with it. More than a year later, he worked with Steve “The Colonel’ Cropper to finish the song. In a later interview, Cropper said that the song was autobiographical for Redding.

Many people have done cover versions of the song, but Michael Bolton was not one of them, whatever you may have heard.

Referenced in:
Rock and Roll Heaven — The Righteous Brothers