Otis Redding’s posthumous hit

It was on this day Dec 7, 1967, Otis Redding went into a Memphis studio and began recording his classic “Sitting on the dock of the bay” Otis never finished that recording. In fact his whistling toward the end was just filler until he could complete the lyric. He died three days later in a tragic plane crash, on his way up to Wisconsin for a live date and T.V. Performance. The incomplete “Dock Of The Bay” was rush released just a few weeks later and immediately became history’s first posthumous number one record! Otis was living on a houseboat in Sausalito, California when he wrote the song.

Here’s the legendary recording…(Listen for the whistle)


  1. Wasn’t Otis with Stax Records / Volt Label ? In the plane crash there were 4 or 5 young guys that were members of the Bar-Kays that were also killed. I remember there popular song / instrumental “Soul Finger” . Liked that song . I think they also backed Otis on his tours if I remember right?

    • Hey Rick, thanx for filing in some gaps. All we know about the crash was eight crew and passengers on board, with only one survivor who, as you indicated, was a member of the Bar Kay’s.
      We’re with you “Soul Finger” was thee coolest instr. Of the 1960’s

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