Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

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287 – Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (1967)
Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
Produced by Steve Cropper
Label – Volt/Atco

There’s a bitter sweetness to Otis’ final recording, an almost unnatural sense of both rapture and foreboding in this gentle ballad describing the daily ebbs and flows of the San Francisco harbor. The emotional duality of course mainly springs from the course of events that took place just a couple of days after the song was laid down on tape. Redding lost his life in a plane crash and the world mourned a truly great singer/songwriter. As Geoff Brown wrote in his book “Try A Little Tenderness”, “Otis Redding’s extraordinary Southern soul voice resonates down the years as a thing of profound beauty and unfathomable emotional depth”. Perfect.

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