January 27, 1968

January27Today in 1968, Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ was released – six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.

The track was recorded just three days before Redding’s tragic death, and is said to have been inspired by the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The song was a massive success. It was the only of Redding’s songs to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the first posthumous No. 1 single in U.S. history. It sold more than four million copies worldwide and more than eight million airplays.

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