Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay............
On this day in 1968 Otis Redding's "(Sittin'on) The Dock of the Bay" was number one on the billboard charts.
What a great song....Really....I don't know anyone who doesn't love that song. It's one of those that takes you away with it....helping you "watch the clouds roll away."
Otis had sadly passed away in a plane crash nearly three months before his song hit No. 1.
What I found interesting about this song as I researched it, was the fact that Otis' inspiration for the song was none other than The Beatles. He spent a week on a houseboat back in 1967 listening to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" over and over as he looked out across the water watching the clouds and mist and all the beauty rolling around him. With that, this world was given a beautiful gift of song.
Otis was involved in music all his life. He sang with the choir for his church in Geogria as a child. He was involved in his high school band, but dropped out to work for Little Richard in order to help his family financially.
Unfortunately, we lost this legend when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison , Wisconsin on December 10th, 1967.
It wasn't until 1989 that Otis was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It seems so sad that so many people have to leave this earth before they are really given credit for their accoplishments.
What a great artist and inspiration we lost on that sad day.........