(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - 50th

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding

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2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Pitchfork called this song “as immortal a song as R&B ever produced.”

We will be celebrating the impact of this classic song, Otis’ first #1 record, with several releases throughout the year, starting with a limited-edition 7" single pressed on gold colored vinyl featuring the rare, original version of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” b/w “Sweet Lorene” on January 9th. The bundles on Pledge are exclusive. Celebrate The King of Soul™ in 2018!

10% of the proceeds of each order benefits the Otis Redding Foundation. The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich and motivate youth through education in music. Each partnership and program sponsored since its inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to fulfill their dreams.

Foundation Initiatives:

The Otis Music Camp takes place every June in Macon, GA. Otis Music Campers experience a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry. Professional and collegiate musicians of all genres of music, come from across the United States to Macon, GA. each summer to help develop the voices and instrumental abilities of our campers. Throughout the week a variety of music industry professionals ranging from touring musicians to music managers come to camp to interact with our campers, perform a presentation and Q&A session. The campers work vigorously for two-weeks with the guidance of our counselors to write, record and perform their own songs at the camp’s grand finale. The camp was founded by Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director of Otis Redding Foundation and Lisa Love, former director the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Educating children through music was a dream of my husband’s,” said Zelma Redding. “This camp’s emphasis on creativity and inspiration is something I think he would have been proud of and it is the kind of program we will continue to foster through our Foundation.”

The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts is open to children of all ages. The foundation has staffed the center with Macon’s finest musicians. The center offers lessons in vocal, piano, strings, and percussion lessons. In addition, the foundation supports young dreamers through scholarships for these music enhancement lessons. Partnerships with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, Berklee College of

Music, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia also create catalysts for offering continuing education programs.

The DREAM Choir is a choir group comprised of Otis Redding Foundation kids. The group had the chance to perform as popular artist, Andra Day’s, backup singers. The group has done several performances around Macon and had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in “In Performance At the White House” hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama, The Grammy museum, and National Endowment for the Arts.

The DREAM Academy Charter School is a statewide education facility that will empower students to maximize their full potential through integration of arts and academics. The DREAM Academy will offer a new learning approach to a community whose relevance has a deep connection to music and the arts. National statistics have shown that a children gifted with the opportunity of self-expression and creativity paired with strong academics provides a well rounded and well prepared leader for a world of tomorrow. The academy will be located in Macon, GA. and will open in the Fall of 2018.

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50th Anniversary "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" 7"

50th Anniversary "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" 7"
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The 50th Anniversary “Dock of the Bay” 7" mono single pressed on gold colored vinyl b/w “Sweet Lorene.” Be among the first to get this collector’s, limited-edition release of the very rare, original version of Otis’ first #1 single, one of the most played songs of the 20th century, and an instant classic.

"Dock of the Bay Sessions" CD

"Dock of the Bay Sessions" CD
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DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been. In the liner notes, musician-journalist Bob Stanley writes: “This album is the first indication of a new Otis Redding, one that has slayed audiences in Europe, one which won him a whole new crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival.”

You can hear it in the stripped-back funk of “Hard To Handle,” and the shades of Bob Dylan – whose music Redding loved – in the beautiful lyricism of “Gone Again.” Even so, his take on the Impressions’ hit “Amen” makes it clear that Redding hadn’t abandoned his gospel roots. He hadn’t forgotten how to get people dancing either. On the rave-up “Love Man,” The Big O gets things shaking with help from Al Jackson Jr.’s propulsive beat, and rhythmic blasts of pure Memphis horn. And just to prove he can still provide heart-stopping ballads, there’s his own “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember,” with lyrics Redding adapted from a poem written by his beloved wife Zelma.

The album’s opener, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” was one of the last songs Redding ever recorded. Released in January 1968, it soon topped the charts on March 16, going on to sell more than four million copies and becoming the first posthumous #1 single in the history of the U.S. music charts.
DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS
Track Listing

1. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”
2. “Think About It”*
3. “Hard To Handle”
4. “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)”
5. “Love Man”
6. “Direct Me”
7. “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”
8. “Champagne And Wine”*
9. “Pounds And Hundreds (LBS + 100S)”
10. “I’m A Changed Man”
11. “Gone Again”
12. “Amen”

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"Dock of the Bay Sessions" 180g vinyl

"Dock of the Bay Sessions" 180g vinyl
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DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been. In the liner notes, musician-journalist Bob Stanley writes: “This album is the first indication of a new Otis Redding, one that has slayed audiences in Europe, one which won him a whole new crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival.”

You can hear it in the stripped-back funk of “Hard To Handle,” and the shades of Bob Dylan – whose music Redding loved – in the beautiful lyricism of “Gone Again.” Even so, his take on the Impressions’ hit “Amen” makes it clear that Redding hadn’t abandoned his gospel roots. He hadn’t forgotten how to get people dancing either. On the rave-up “Love Man,” The Big O gets things shaking with help from Al Jackson Jr.’s propulsive beat, and rhythmic blasts of pure Memphis horn. And just to prove he can still provide heart-stopping ballads, there’s his own “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember,” with lyrics Redding adapted from a poem written by his beloved wife Zelma.

The album’s opener, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” was one of the last songs Redding ever recorded. Released in January 1968, it soon topped the charts on March 16, going on to sell more than four million copies and becoming the first posthumous #1 single in the history of the U.S. music charts.
DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS
Track Listing

1. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”
2. “Think About It”*
3. “Hard To Handle”
4. “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)”
5. “Love Man”
6. “Direct Me”
7. “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”
8. “Champagne And Wine”*
9. “Pounds And Hundreds (LBS + 100S)”
10. “I’m A Changed Man”
11. “Gone Again”
12. “Amen”

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Respect - T-Shirt

Respect - T-Shirt
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Black unisex t-shirt. (Available in sizes M-XL)

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OTIS! - T-Shirt

OTIS! - T-Shirt
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Heather unisex t-shirt. (Available in sizes M-XL)

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Jan 25th at the Apollo - T-Shirt

Jan 25th at the Apollo - T-Shirt
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Charcoal unisex t-shirt. (Available in sizes S-L)

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OTIS! - Hoodie

OTIS! - Hoodie
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Black unisex hoodie. (Available in sizes M-XL)

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The Definitive Studio Album Collection - 140g Vinyl

The Definitive Studio Album Collection - 140g Vinyl
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Note This item is on backorder and may not ship immediately.
OTIS REDDING: THE DEFINITIVE STUDIO ALBUM COLLECTION is available as a 7-LP set from Rhino.

The albums included in the collection are: Pain In My Heart (1964), The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965), Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965), The Soul Album (1966), Complete and Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (1966), King & Queen – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas (1967), and The Dock of the Bay (1968).

All of the LPs replicate the original packaging, from the sleeve artwork down to small details like the original record labels (Volt and Stax) and catalog numbers, all housed together in a side-loading slipcase. Several of these albums are long out-of-print and back on vinyl in mono for the first time in years.

The music follows Redding’s career from his 1964 debut Pain In My Heart up to The Dock of the Bay, which was released in February 1968, just a few months after the singer’s untimely death in December 1967. Despite his short career, Redding recorded songs that helped define soul in the Sixties and beyond.

The albums are packed with Top Ten R&B hits: “Chained And Bound,” “Mr. Pitiful,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and his cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Another obvious highlight is “Respect,” a song Redding wrote and recorded in 1965, which later become a massive hit for Aretha Franklin. Another essential is “Tramp” from his unforgettable duets album with Carla Thomas, King & Queen. As it happens, that’s also the last album the singer would release during his lifetime.

Redding’s music career began fatefully in 1962 when an unexpected opportunity to record two songs led to a contract with Stax Records in Memphis. Throughout his career, the singer was backed by the legendary Stax house band: keyboardist Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, and drummer Al Jackson Jr.

OTIS REDDING: THE DEFINITIVE STUDIO ALBUM COLLECTION
Album Listing (Original Mono Mix)

Pain In My Heart
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
The Soul Album
Complete and Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
King & Queen – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
The Dock of the Bay

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"Dock of the Bay" 50th Anniversary Limited-Edition T-shirt

"Dock of the Bay" 50th Anniversary Limited-Edition T-shirt
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A limited-edition 50th-anniversary long-sleeve jersey celebrating this incredible song. Put it on, and get the easy laid-back feeling of a soft Sausalito breeze and the time to sit and think.

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"Dock of the Bay" Lyric Sheet

"Dock of the Bay" Lyric Sheet
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A beautiful, hand-drawn, artistic recreation of the “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” lyrics by The Vaguely printed on heavy-stock art paper. Perfect for framing!

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Dock of the Bay Exclusive, Limited-Edition Poster

Dock of the Bay Exclusive, Limited-Edition Poster
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A Pledge exclusive, limited edition, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” poster. Designed by Status Serigraph.

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"Dock of the Bay" T-shirt and Vinyl Bundle

"Dock of the Bay" T-shirt and Vinyl Bundle
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The 50th Anniversary “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” 7" mono vinyl single b/w "Sweet Lorene. Be among the first to get this collector’s edition release of Otis’ first #1 single, featuring the very rare, original version of the song. It’s one of the most played songs of the 20th century, and an instant classic.

Get this limited-edition jersey celebrating the 50th anniversary of the song. Put it on, and get the laid-back feeling of a soft Sausalito Breeze and the time to sit and think.

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