Thursday, January 10, 2013

"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" turns 45

To fully understand the depth of The Photolog's passion for Otis Redding's music, consider this fact. Till this very day, we are still playing our collection of Otis Redding's songs some 50 years after first hearing the sounds of his soft and raspy voice. We remember it well because in January of 1968 to be exact, we were just a budding young music promoter and still wet behind the ears. That was 45 years ago this month and certainly a period we'll never forget. At the time we were carrying the STAX - Atlantic Records briefcase full of hits and anxious to meet with the Program Directors and Disk Jockeys in lieu of airplay. Plus, we were fortunate enough to be able to coat-tail the release of  Otis Redding's monster single, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" while going door-to-door to the Mid-South radio stations that were targeted in our venture. Back then we were clueless as to the historic significance of the tune and just focusing on the marketing of our songs. And now looking back and recalling the epic importance of that song...

Here's a link to a terrific video from CBS Morning News that tells the Otis Redding story;