Otis Redding was only 26 years old when he composed his little masterpiece of Soul, which is now considered a classic American song.
I remember when this song came out; I was in first year university. I was a folkie but I liked it. I didn't realize that he'd died at that time. I love the whistling end. I'm a whistler and always whistle harmony with Otis ...
According to an article, that dock was actually in Sausalito, nor quite the lonely, rickety image you get from this wonderful song. He was in the SF Bay Area as of the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, in which he was an unexpected smash. His landmark performance is captured in the MP film. Soul music was not exactly on the agenda there. In short, he was converting a lot of budding hippies then. And that week Respect sung by Aretha Franklin was number one...but he wrote the song!
RIP, Otis Redding. What a positive impact he would have had in the years ahead if he had lived.
One of my all time favorites. This is a song that brings calmness and peace in a stormy world. Thank you.