Zelma Redding

Posted in News on October 22, 2001

Zelma Redding, widow of Otis Redding, was presented with a Million-Air certificate commemorating seven million broadcast performances of the classic "(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay" by BMI during Georgia Music Week.

Pictured at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame are (l to r) BMI's Harry Warner, Phil Walden, Zelma Redding and Otis Redding, Jr., and Alan Walden.

"(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay," written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper and published by Irving Music, Inc., is only the fourth song in the BMI repertoire to reach the seven-million mark, joining "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Yesterday" and "Never My Love." It has been memorably recorded by a variety of talents, such as Michael Bolton, Al Jarreau, Sergio Mendes, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, the Staple Singers, David Allan Coe and the California Raisins, to name a handful. The song has also earned numerous BMI awards including R&B Awards (1967-72), Pop Awards (1968-69, 1982 and 1988) and a Country Award (1983).