(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

An early US vinyl pressing
7" single cover
7" single cover

Song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper.

- (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
An early US vinyl pressing

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Cropper performing in 2008

Steve Cropper

American guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

American guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

Cropper performing in 2008
Steve Cropper in concert, 1990
Steve Cropper at the Hamar Music Festival, 2007
Cropper toured Australia with Guy Sebastian, playing on Sebastian's The Memphis Album tour in March 2008

He became a founding member of the Stax house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s, along with Hammond organ player Booker T. Jones, bassist Lewie Steinberg (who was replaced by Donald "Duck" Dunn soon thereafter) and drummer Al Jackson Jr. As a house guitarist, he played on many recordings such as "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay", co-written with and performed by Otis Redding and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" on which he was mentioned by name.

Bolton in 2022

Michael Bolton

American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Bolton in 2022
Bolton at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Bolton in 1997
Bolton in Barcelona, Spain, January 2010

One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay".

Hagar performing at the Moondance Jam 2008

Sammy Hagar

American singer, guitarist, and entrepreneur.

American singer, guitarist, and entrepreneur.

Hagar performing at the Moondance Jam 2008
Hagar with Van Halen, 2004
Exterior view of Hagar's Cabo Wabo restaurant and nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

However, Hagar felt that Carter did not play to his strengths as "a heavy-metal guy" and instead tried to generate Top 40 hits (such as a cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay") with little success.

Sausalito, California

City in Marin County, California, located 1.5 mi southeast of Marin City, 8 mi south-southeast of San Rafael, and about 4 mi north of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge.

City in Marin County, California, located 1.5 mi southeast of Marin City, 8 mi south-southeast of San Rafael, and about 4 mi north of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge.

1781 Cañizares map of San Francisco Bay
William Richardson (1795–1856), an English-born Mexican citizen, first claimed and developed the site of Sausalito as a private rancho.
The Eureka, then the largest double-ended ferryboat in the world, carried passenger and automobile traffic on the Sausalito–San Francisco run from 1922 to 1941.
Richard Nixon campaigning for United States Senate in Sausalito in the spring of 1950
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Sausalito's harbor sidewalk
Sausalito Yacht Club, founded in 1942
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Sausalito yacht harbor in 2011
The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in 2007

Otis Redding, musician, wrote "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" while staying on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito in 1967.

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s

American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.
Booker T. & the M.G.'s in Tunica, Mississippi, 2002

In 1993, Booker T. & the M.G.'s toured with Neil Young, backing him on his own compositions; the set list often included a cover of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (the original recording by Otis Redding had of course featured Booker T. & the M.G.'s).

The Hunger (Michael Bolton album)

Fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton.

Fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton.

It became his breakthrough album, producing his first two Top 40 hits, the ballad "That's What Love Is All About" and the Otis Redding cover "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay".

James Brown, a pioneer of funk, in 1973

The Reddings

American funk, soul and disco band, founded by Otis Redding's sons Dexter and Otis Redding III (guitar) together with Mark Lockett (drums, keys, and lead vocal).

American funk, soul and disco band, founded by Otis Redding's sons Dexter and Otis Redding III (guitar) together with Mark Lockett (drums, keys, and lead vocal).

James Brown, a pioneer of funk, in 1973

Their most well-known songs include "Remote Control" (1980) / "Doin' it" / "Funkin On The One" / "Class (Is What You Got)" (1981) / "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" (1982) / "Hand Dance" (1983) and "The Awakening" (1980), a bass-drums-duet which is often performed live by Les Claypool (Primus) and on his album Highball with the Devil.

Runnin' Blue

Song written by guitarist Robby Krieger and performed by the Doors.

Song written by guitarist Robby Krieger and performed by the Doors.

The lyrics also reference Redding's song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

USS Arizona (BB-39) ablaze after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

1941

1941 marked the entrance of the Soviet Union and the United States into World War II for the Allies.

1941 marked the entrance of the Soviet Union and the United States into World War II for the Allies.

USS Arizona (BB-39) ablaze after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
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Otis Redding, African-American singer, musician (Dock of the Bay) (d. 1967)

The Doors in 1968

1968 in music

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1968.

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1968.

The Doors in 1968

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" – Otis Redding