Sitting in a houseboat in Sausalito, CA,  overlooking San Francisco Bay, 51-years ago, was the inspiration for Otis Redding’s now classic (“Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” which he later put to words and music with co-writer Steve Cropper, the legendary Memphis guitarist, who also co-wrote “In the Midnight Hour.”

(“Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” topped both the Pop and R&B charts in 1968, and today it’s formally recognized by music publishing organization BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) as the sixth most  performed song of the 20th century.

Redding was 26-years old when he died in a plane crash in Madison, WI in 1967.