Otis Redding: Music Icons

Otis Redding: Music Icons

Series 2



Think Otis Redding and you immediately think of (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay, his soulful 1968 Stax smash with its wistful whistle fade-out. Inspired when he was housesitting just outside San Francisco, it was co-written with guitarist Steve Cropper and released shortly after Redding’s death in December 1967, in a plane crash at the shockingly young age of 26. It became the first posthumous number one hit in US history.

Over 50 years on, Redding’s still unsurpassed as a purveyor and writer of sweetly melancholic songs, and remains hugely influential, both on other soul artists such as Al Green and Marvin Gaye, and on the likes of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. This short doc considers his legacy and explores his short but eventful life.


The life and legacy of the soul singer Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash in 1967 at just 26 years of age.

Cast & Crew

Actor Otis Redding
Documentary Music