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Episode from the podcastSoul Music

Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay

Released Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
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Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay was written while Otis Redding was reflecting on his life on Sausalito Bay in California in the summer of 1967. Its upbeat, laidback melody belies the loneliness of the lyrics. Just a few months later Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash and the song was released, becoming the first posthumous number 1 record in the US. His musician contemporaries including Booker T Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper, who co-wrote Dock of the Bay, tell the story of the song's genesis, and people in their twenties to their seventies reveal why they relate it to dramatic periods in their lives.

Booker T Jones' Time Is Tight is published by Omnibus Press

Producers: Maggie Ayre and Mair Bosworth
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