(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Introduction
Despite the song's mixed interpretations, everybody is agreed on the fact that it's intimate, emotional, and powerful. It's guaranteed to put you in a reflective mood, much like looking out across the water and listening to the waves.
About the Song
|Artist||Otis Redding||Musician(s)||Otis Redding (vocals), Steve Cropper (guitar), Booker T. Jones & Isaac Hayes (keyboards), Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass), Al Jackson, Jr. (drums), Wayne Jackson (trumpet)|
|Album||The Dock of the Bay|
|Label||Stax/Volt, reissued by Atco|
|Writer(s)||Otis Redding, Steve Cropper|
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But Redding wanted more – he wanted to expand his audience. It was a big deal to appeal to both white and black audiences in the 1960s. In 1967, he took his chances at the Monterey Pop Festival, his first big performance for a mostly white audience. It was a huge success, and the crowd went wild. Soon after, he recorded "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," a song he said was influenced by The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band, and a great example of the give and take between R&B and rock and roll.