Otis Redding's “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay” Is 45 Years Old Today

It's the song that defines Otis Redding, and one of the most famous songs about San Francisco (or at least San Francisco Bay), ever. It was released 45 years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1968, on the great Stax/Volt label. And despite the song's close association with one of the greats of '60s soul — and its status as an all-time hit — it's often forgotten that Otis Redding himself never actually heard the final version of “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.”

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