Talk:(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

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Does anyone know WHICH houseboat in Sausalito was the one that Otis Redding wrote "Dock on the Bay" on? Or how I would find out? Thanks. There is a video on youtube and Steve Cropper says it was Bill Graham's boat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:33, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Whistled riff[edit]

I recall reading in a UK magazine (Mojo?) that Redding learned to whistle for the whistled riff on the record; he wasn't able to before. Does anyone have a source for this? JulesH 21:30, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I was just going to ask, who did the whistling. Otis huh. -- 11:51, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Don't know. I thought the end was still being worked over by Cropper (that's what the Staples were for). In any event, there were other people than Cropper and Redding on that record, and it should be fully listed as to who they were (Oldham? Bar-Kays? Booker T?). These folks are likely among the best of the soul craft. Right now, the article mostly shows who wasn't (the Staples). PLEEZE get the credits... (Rlongman (talk) 02:16, 17 February 2009 (UTC))

Funny, I heard on a US radio station that he intended to finish with another verse, recording the whistling in its place and passing in the plane crash before he could get back to it. No source at all, but I wonder if there's any record about who recorded it, why, and if it was ever meant to be replaced. (talk) 23:31, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

While the bit about the whistling being a placeholder almost makes too good a story to debunk, it appears not to actually be true. — Shmuel (talk) 23:41, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

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Pearl Jam cover[edit]

I'm looking for information on the Pearl Jam cover. I've heard it in a live version, but I can't locate a published recording. Is it a bootleg? Part of a live compilation? Anyone know? I was hoping to see a link to it here.

Thank you.

Medleystudios72 (talk) 14:22, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

This whole page is false,[edit]

My uncle actually wrote this song and sold it for very little money to a record company..

This whole page is false,[edit]

My uncle actually wrote this song and sold it for very little money to a record company.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:27, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

No header[edit]

I am a new editor and I am working on editing this article because I think that it needs to be updated and have more content added. Any suggestions will be helpful. I couldn't find the name of the boat that Otis rented while he wrote (sittin' on) the dock of the bay. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cali Defined (talkcontribs) 00:03, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Copy edit tag[edit]

Origins section contains essentially the same story repeated twice. The sentence describing Otis' death leads right into a section about his recovery after polypectomy surgery, which is very confusing. Reception contains a poorly placed quote by Geoff Brown, should be reformatted. (talk) 15:21, 6 December 2013 (UTC)


I made corrections to some minor errors on the page as a part of this course.I reworded a few sentences in the lead and origin sections so that they provided better clarity. Agunth2 (talk) 21:24, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Rolling Stone Greatest Albums[edit]

Reception: Legacy

“Rolling Stone ranked The Dock of the Bay number 161 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the third of five Redding albums on the list.”

(I assume ‘third of five’ is to mean ‘third highest of five’.) Perhaps Rolling Stone revised the list either before or after that was written. In the version I found on their website (dated May 2012), I saw only three Redding albums: "Dictionary of Soul" (#254), "The Dock of the Bay" (#161) and "Otis Blue" (#78). --Starling2001 (talk) 22:09, 7 April 2017 (UTC)