When posthumous release became a big deal


Image via Rolling Stone Persson/ Redferns

16th March, 1968, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was the first the song to have a posthumous number one single in US chart history.


The song has been co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, it sold over four million copies worldwide.


The recording of “Dock Of the Bay” was never completed, it was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, just few days before his death in a plane crash.


According to the references:


The song features a whistled tune heard before the song's fade. It was originally performed by Redding, who (according to Cropper) had

"this little fadeout rap he was gonna do, an ad-lib. He forgot what it was so he started whistling."


Redding continued to tour after the recording sessions.


On December 10, his charter plane crashed into Lake Monona, outside Madison, Wisconsin. Redding and six others were killed.


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