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The song became the first posthumous single to reach number in the US charts.
As an aside, Janis Joplin’s recording of “Me and Bobby Mc Gee” achieved the same feat in 1971.
The Suez Crisis of 1956 came about when President Nasser of Egypt decided to nationalize the Suez Canal, a response to a withdrawal of funds by Britain and the US for the building of the Aswan Dam.
Egypt then refused to allow any Israeli shipping the use the canal.
Most of the Kurdish people live in a region known as Kurdistan, which stretches into parts of Iran, Syria, Turkey as well as northern Iraq. After an unsuccessful and somewhat tragic marriage, Zella moved to Paris in 1903 where she struggled to make a living. By 1905 she was working as an exotic dancer and using the name Mata Hari. Redding finished the song soon after, with the help of co-writer Steve Cooper. “The Dock of the Bay” was released in January of 1968, just one month after Redding was killed in a plane crash.
With British and French support, Israel invaded the Sinai in October 1956, starting the military conflict.