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Otis Redding

Born on 9/9/41 in Dawson, GA. Killed in a plane crash in Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin on 12/10/67. Soul singer/songwriter/producer/pianist. Sang duets with Carla Thomas. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Dock of the Bay -- I never get tired of listening to it.

  • Oct 26, 2010
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I was 16 when I first heard Otis Redding and the song was "Dock of the Bay." I knew every word by its second listening. It just spoke to me --

"Look like nothing's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same, yes

Sittin' here resting my bones
And this loneliness won't leave me alone"

I got busy looking for my own "Dock of the Bay." Just a great song. Loved it then and still do.

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October 26, 2010
You have excellent taste. See my review of "The Very Best of Otis Redding" here on Lunch to get the story behind "Sittin" On) The Dock of The Bay". Otis Redding was an exceptinal talent that we lost all too soon.
October 26, 2010
I LOVE this song. I'm from the Bay, so when I first heard this song, I knew exactly what he meant. I don't know if I've sat at the same dock, but, I've looked at that same Bay and finally, coming home after not living here for 14 years, that song has even more meaning. Thanks for giving it the love it definitely deserves! Is this your favorite Otis song?
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One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern "deep soul" — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads. He was also the most consistent exponent of the Stax sound, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update R&B into modern soul. His death at the age of 26 was tragic not just because he seemed on the verge of breaking through to a wide pop audience (which he would indeed do with his posthumous number one single "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay"). It was also unfortunate because, as "Dock of the Bay" demonstrated, he was also at a point of artistic breakthrough in terms of the expression and sophistication of his songwriting and singing.

Although Redding at his peak was viewed as a consummate, versatile showman, he began his recording career in the early '60s as a Little Richard-styled shouter. The Georgian was working in the band of guitarist Johnny Jenkins at the time, and in 1962 he took advantage of an opportunity to record the ballad "These Arms of Mine" at a Jenkins session. When it became an R&B hit, Redding's solo career was truly on its way, though the hits didn't really start to fly until 1965 and 1966, when "Mr. Pitiful," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Can't Turn You Loose," a cover of the...

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