Cropper performing in 2008
An early US vinyl pressing
Steve Cropper in concert, 1990
7" single cover
Steve Cropper at the Hamar Music Festival, 2007
7" single cover
Cropper toured Australia with Guy Sebastian, playing on Sebastian's The Memphis Album tour in March 2008

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper.

- (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

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.

- Steve Cropper
Cropper performing in 2008

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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

The original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums).

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).