“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding
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Considered one of the most influential figures of R&B and soul music, Otis Redding was known for his unique mellow singing voice. Redding was born in the state of Georgia and started playing in bands from an early age. At the age of 15, he left school to support his family by working with Little Richard’s backing band, The Upsetters. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’s band, The Pinetoppers, and toured the southern United States while serving as driver and musician. An unscheduled appearance on a session led to breakthrough in his career and landed him a contract with Stax Records. In 1964, his debut album was released, Pain in My Heart. This album produced his first Stax single, “These Arms of Mine.”
Redding’s music became universally popular despite the era’s strong racial tensions. His songs were able to cross over black and white boundaries, landing him on the Billboard charts.
In 1967, while flying to a gig in Wisconsin, the Beechcraft H18 crashed into Lake Monona killing Redding. Just three days prior to his untimely death at age 26, Redding had recorded “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” in the studio. Otis Redding was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and his name is considered to be synonymous with soul music.