Monday, 15 January 2018

The Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding

There is a bit of a sad back story to The Dock of the Bay.  Otis Redding recorded it in one day in 1967 and then 4 days later his plane crashed and he was killed. The crash was on December 10 into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin.

It was a number one in the pop charts – but he never got to see that.  His earlier hits had been on the soul charts.

He wrote the song with his guitarist Steve Cropper.  When it was recorded a whistling part at the end was added as an improvisation.  Listen out for it.

Many other artists have covered the song including – Glen Campbell, Cher, Peggy Lee and Bob Dylan.  I guess that speaks to the quality of the song.

To hear this song click on this YouTube link.

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea this happened in the Madison area. That is not far from where I live.


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