Cover versions::(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay


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Cover versions "The Dock of the Bay" has been immensely popular, even after its stay at the top of the charts. The song has been covered by many artists, from his peers like Glen Campbell, Cher, Bob Dylan, Percy Sledge, Dee Clark, and Sam & Dave to artists of various genres, including Jimmy Velvit (whose cover version was included on his 2001 Grammy-nominated album Sun Sea & Sand), Widespread Panic (who opened their New Year's Eve 2005 concert with the song), Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (whose duet peaked at #13 on the U.S. country singles chart), Kenny Rankin, Dennis Brown, Michel Pagliaro, Jacob Miller, Pearl Jam, The Format, T. Rex (as a b-side of 1975's "Dreamy Lady"), Brent Smith of Shinedown (during an acoustic set in 2008 and with Zach Myers in a 2014 EP), Justin Nozuka (2007), Sara Bareilles (2008), and Garth Brooks (for the 2013 Blue-Eyed Soul album in the Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences compilation). Playing for Change recorded a version featuring Grandpa Elliott, Roger Ridley, and other performers.

Sammy Hagar released a version of the song as a non-album single in 1979. His version features the song's co-writer, Steve Cropper, on guitar and members of the band BostonBrad Delp, Sib Hashian and Barry Goudreau—on backup vocals.<ref name="Red">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Producer John S. Carter had the track recorded in May 1979 with Cropper, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Alvin Taylor. Later, he added Hagar's vocals with background harmonies by the three members of Boston, with whom Hagar had just toured.<ref>Liner notes. Sammy Hagar. The Best of Sammy Hagar. Capitol CDP 0777 7 80262 2 8. 1992.</ref> Although the single was a modest hit for Hagar, peaking at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, he considered it producer Carter's efforts to manufacture a pop Top 40 pop hit despite Hagar's heavy metal roots.<ref name="Red"/> Hagar and Cropper's work on the song was rated the 37th worst guitar solo in history by Pitchfork Media in 1998.<ref>Michael Sandlin. "Top 50 Worst Guitar Solos of the Millennium". Reprint of "Top 50 Worst Guitar Solos in Music History". Pitchfork Media. 28 October 1998. Archived January 25, 2006 at the Wayback Machine</ref> The song was not released on an album until 1992, when it appeared on The Best of Sammy Hagar. The b-side of Hagar's single was the first release of his studio version of "I've Done Everything for You."

Michael Bolton covered the song on his 1987 album The Hunger. His version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Zelma Redding, Otis' widow, said she was so moved by Bolton's performance "that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In a framed letter that hangs on the wall of Bolton's office, she referred to the record as "my all-time favorite version of my husband's classic."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

In April 2013, Justin Timberlake performed the song as part of a tribute to Memphis soul music at the "In Performance" concert series performed at The White House. The series was attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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