Song: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding
Reached #1: March 16, 1968 (his first, 4 weeks)
If you believe in such things, perhaps there’s an alternate universe where Otis Redding’s plane didn’t go down in Wisconsin in December 1967 – 2 days after he completed recording overdubs for “Dock” – which let him continue to make music and write hits for his Motown contemporaries.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing how the music scene evolved in that universe. In our universe, we can just look back wistfully at “Dock”, at “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”, at “Sweet Soul Music”, at “Hard To Handle”… and wonder “What if?”
I haven’t found it – but I also wonder if anyone wrote an “American Pie”-like song for Otis. If losing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper was the “day the music died”… you could make a case that December 10, 1967 was the “day soul music died”. If you know of a tribute song to Otis, point me to it?
Tomorrow, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a song that, while a drinking song of sorts, certainly isn’t Irish…
No other songs hit #1 on March 16.