48 years ago today, on Mar. 16 1968, Otis Redding‘s camp had a bittersweet victory when “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” started a five-week run at #1 on the US charts. It was Redding’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The title of top-spot came three months after his death–Otis was killed in a plane crash only three days after recording the song in December 1967.
It was also the first posthumous #1 song in US chart history and went on to sell over four million copies worldwide.
“Sittin’ On” would go on to be replaced by “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro.
Rest in peace, Otis. Your contributions to music will never be forgotten.
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