Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – One Of Those Songs I Still Play 50 Years Later

Because of its laconic vibe, accessible melody and whistling outro — which Redding didn’t originally intend to keep — manager Phil Walden worried the song would be seen as “too pop” for his artist, who’d made his name largely on fiery, horn-led stomps and frenzied vocal performances. And “pop” the song certainly was — but it was also possibly Redding’s richest composition to date, a mix of blissful Stax stillness and profound existential anxiety that showed a complex level of contemplative soul previously unexplored on the pop charts.

From Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ Is the Chillest Song Ever About Existential Angst. The entire article is a worthwhile read and is available at the link.

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