Otis Redding

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

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Though soul music great Otis Redding had several R&B hits and two Top 20 pop hits ("I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)," "Try a Little Tenderness"), the singer's biggest hit wouldn't happen during his lifetime. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," a song written by Redding and frequent collaborator Steve Cropper, would prove to be Redding's sole certified million-seller. The gentleness and quiet introspection of the track signaled a new direction for Redding: more contemplative, even more folksy than his previous efforts. The genesis of the song was created as Redding relaxed on a boat in Sausalito, CA, after his spectacular performance at the Monterey Pop Festival during the summer of 1967. The concert is captured in the 1968 movie documentary Monterey Pop. Redding and Cropper began recording the song in Stax Records' Memphis, TN, studio around the first week of December 1967 with the MG's, including Isaac Hayes on piano. The singer's crisp vocals are due in part to his recovery from throat surgery for removal of polyps from his vocal cords. It's interesting to listen to the creative process used in the making of the record from the outtakes found on the 1992 Stax/Fantasy CD Remember Me. It must have been emotionally upheaving for producer/guitarist Cropper to finish production on the track in lieu of his friend's sudden demise. Recorded just three days before his death in a fatal plane crash, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" went gold, holding down the number one R&B spot for two weeks and the number one pop position for four weeks in early 1968.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Dock of the Bay 1968 Atco / Rhino Flashback 2:45
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:38
No Image 1972 Atco
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
The Ultimate Otis Redding 1986 Warner Bros. 2:43
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:44
Top of the Stax: Twenty Greatest Hits 1988
Various Artists
Stax 2:41
The Otis Redding Story 1989 Atlantic 2:38
AM Gold: 1968 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:38
The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1 1992 Rhino 2:42
Remember Me 1992 Stax 2:51
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
2:38
Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 1993 Rhino 2:40
Billboard Top Rock 'n' Roll Hits: 1968-1972 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
Soul Devotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
2:42
The Story of Soul Music 1995
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 0:00
San Francisco: With Fond Memories 1995
Various Artists
City Songs 2:42
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:43
Soul [Friedman/Fairfax] 1995
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 2:42
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:57
Georgia on My Mind, Vol. 1: Vintage Collection 1996
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 2:40
'60s Soul Hits 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:42
The Number Ones: Hot in the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:42
Ultimate 60's Soul Sensations 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:41
Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology 1998 Rhino 2:49
Most Relaxing Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
Oldies Radio: K-Earth 101FM Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Soul Grooves 1999 Challenge Records 6:15
An American Love Story [Original Soundtrack] 1999
An American Love Story
Warner Bros. 2:42
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music / Wrong 2:40
Soul [Book & CD] 1999
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 2:43
The Love Songs Album [#1] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:45
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:44
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 2:41
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:42
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:44
The Memphis Box 2001
Various Artists
Icehouse Records 2:41
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:42
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:41
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:41
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
#1 R&B Hits 1965-1969 2001
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 2:39
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 2:47
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:39
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
Movie Soundtracks 2002
Various Artists
Columbia 2:43
Aretha and Otis 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:39
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:40
The Essentials 2002 Atlantic / Warner Music 2:39
The Folk Years: Blowin' in the Wind 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
The Folk Years [Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:41
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:47
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
Jammin Soul, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:39
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:43
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:41
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 2:41
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 2:42
Ocean Boulevard 2004
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:39
Ocean Boulevard, Vol. 1: The Warner-Atlantic-Atco Masters 2005
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:39
Ambient Lounge, Vol. 8 2005
Various Artists
Globe UK 2:27
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:43
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner 2:42
Ultimate 16: Retro Rock Let the Good Times Roll 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
Smooth Jazz WJZW 105.9, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Three Keys Music / WEA / Three Keys 2:44
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:44
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 2:44
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:44
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:46
Sweet Soul Music: The Best of Stax 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 2:42
Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding 2007 Stax
#1 R&B Pop Classics of the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:46
Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat and Strut 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:46
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:43
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:46
Sweet Soul Music: 1968 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 0:00
The Best: See & Hear 2009 Shout! Factory 2:45
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:41
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:40
Singers & Songwriters: Classics 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:42
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:42
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Source Interlink / Virgin 2:42
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:42
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection 2013 Shout! Factory 2:41
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 2:42
The King of Soul 2014 Atlantic 2:45
Latest and Greatest Relaxing Songs 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 2:42
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 2:46
Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
60s Classics 60s Hits 60s Pop 60s Songs
Various Artists
Rhino
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image Rhino
Best of Soul: 20 Original Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:46
No Image Hear Music
Greatest Movie Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 2:44
Late Night Jazz: Verve 50
Various Artists
Decca / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 2:43
Mellow Summer Pop
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
PolyGram
Romancing the '60s: My Special Angel
Various Artists
StarVista 2:42
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:40
Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax
Various Artists
Craft Recordings / Universal 2:41
Stax
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution
Summer Breeze [Platinum Legends]
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 2:42
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:43
Top Hits/60's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:44