It was just over 50 years ago (November 22, 1967) that Otis Redding recorded the iconic "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." It would become the singer's only song to reach No. 1 on both the R&B and pop charts. Sadly, that milestone was reached just months after Redding had passed away in a plane crash. Today, the melancholy ballad with its signature whistled outro remains one of the most beloved songs in music history and the cornerstone of Redding's hugely influential catalog.
Atlantic/WEA reissue Redding's timeless classic as a 7" single on gold vinyl to celebrate the song's 50th Anniversary. It includes the rare, original version of the song, which is shorter and with Redding's vocals noticeably lower in the mix. This original version was quickly pulled after a brief release and replaced with the version that the world has known ever since. This anniversary 7" marks the first time the original version has appeared on vinyl since its initial release in 1968. A detailed reproduction of the original mono single, it features the b-side "Sweet Lorene," is branded as a Volt release, and comes in a die-cut sleeve like those used by Atlantic Records, which distributed Stax/Volt Records at the time.
Today, the timeless appeal of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" continues to transcend generations and genres, with Rolling Stone ranking it No. 26 on their "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" and Pitchfork calling it "as immortal a song as R&B ever produced." The list of artists who have covered or remixed the song through the decades is as long as it is diverse and includes everyone from Michael Bolton to Pearl Jam and Justin Timberlake to Sergio Mendes.