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Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" to be reissued as gold vinyl single to mark its 50th anniversary

RhinoOn this day 50 years ago, Otis Redding recorded perhaps his most enduring song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which went on to become the soul legend's only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In honor of the milestone, the tune will be reissued as a seven-inch single on gold vinyl January 9, 2018, a day after the 50th anniversary of the song's original release.

The single will include the rare, original version of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which was pulled shortly after its release and replaced with the one that's known to this day. The original recording was shorter and Redding's voice was mixed lower. The single also features the tune "Sweet Lorene" on the b-side.

Sadly, Redding never enjoyed the success of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" -- he was killed in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. He was just 26.

The vinyl single is one of several releases planned to mark the 50th anniversary of "The Dock of the Bay." Another is the previously announced vinyl box set The Definitive Studio Albums Collection, a seven-LP package featuring mono versions of every Redding studio album. It's due out December 15.

In related news, a tribute concert called An Evening of Respect: Celebrating Otis Redding & 50 Years of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay will be held on January 25 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The benefit show, which will raise money for The Otis Redding Foundation, will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, with performances by neo-soul band The Dap-Kings and various guest stars. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 28, via, while pre-sale tickets are available now for American Express Card members.

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