Steve Cropper, Soundtrack: Easy A. Steve Cropper Official website, tour dates, music and merchandise for American guitarist, songwriter and record producer Steve Cropper “(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay” If not the most influential guitarist in the Memphis soul music scene, Steve Cropper is definitely near the top. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. Co-writer Steve Cropper and other collaborators take a new look back at the legendary song, recorded just weeks before the singer’s tragic 1967 death in "Soul Man"). "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. He was a member of Booker T. & the M.G.s', wrote songs for and performed with Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Sam & Dave (he's the Steve referred to when they say "Play it, Steve!" The song was released on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US.