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  • Jul 29, 1930
    James Stewart is born in Middleton, Tennessee. He becomes a founder of Stax Records, a Memphis-based soul label which launches several songs that are remade as country hits, including "Dock Of The Bay" and "In The Midnight Hour"
    Nov 22, 1967
    Otis Redding records "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" at the Stax Recording Studio in Memphis. It ranks among the 500 greatest country singles of all-time in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Jan 8, 1968
    Stax Records releases Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," later remade as a country hit by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
    Jul 25, 1968
    The Staple Singers sign with Stax Records. The group's "Touch A Hand, Make A Friend" later becomes a country hit for The Oak Ridge Boys
    Mar 1, 1971
    Stax releases Jean Knight's R&B hit "Mr. Big Stuff," featuring future country producer James Stroud on drums
    May 3, 1972
    KoKo Records, distributed by Stax, releases Luther Ingram's "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right." Barbara Mandrell later remakes it as a country hit
    Oct 5, 1972
    The Staple Singers begin nine days of recording in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Among the songs they cut is "Touch A Hand, Make A Friend," later reprised as a country hit by The Oak Ridge Boys
    Apr 15, 1991
    Rhino releases "The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968" including Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" and William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water," ranked among country's 500 top singles in a Country Music Foundation publication
    Nov 9, 2001
    "The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968" earns a gold album from the RIAA. The compilation includes William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," ranked among country's 500 top singles in a Country Music Foundation publication
    Dec 13, 2017
    Fifty years after it was recorded, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" is certified platinum, double-platinum and triple-platinum by the RIAA

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