This weeks Blast From the Past is Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay“, from his album “the Dock of the Bay”
After Otis’ performans at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 he stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito, California. He wrote the first verse to “Dock of the Bay” on that boat, then completed the song with guitarist Cropper in Memphis. When Otis recorded the song, he and Cropper didn’t have a last verse written, so he whistled it.
He planned to return to Memphis and fill in the verse after performing in Madison, Wisconsin, but he died before he had the chance. When Cropper produced the song, he left the whistling in, which fit the mood of the song perfectly. It is probably the most famous whistling in any song.
The song won the 1968 Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance, plus Best Rhythm & Blues Song for writers Otis Redding and Steve Cropper.