365 Songs / 365 Days Try A Little Tenderness in the style of The Commitments & Otis Redding
365 Songs / 365 Days
DAY 3 Try A Little Tenderness in the style of The Commitments & Otis Redding
New project for me this year. I will be releasing a new song with me singing and playing piano, guitar or UKE daily.
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“Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Both Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby recorded it in 1933.
A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement. Redding’s recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion, incorporating elements from the Duke Ellington–Lee Gaines song “Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’t Tease Me)” as well as the words “Sock it to me”. This version peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been named on a number of “best songs of all time” lists, including those from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is in the 204th position on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. A live version performed in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival was also recorded. This version was heavily influential in the 1991 cult Irish movie The Commitments, at one point the band performing the song in the style of Otis Redding.
Sing along with the lyrics…
Oh she may be weary
Them young girls they do get wearied
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah
You know she’s waiting
The thing that you’ll never, never, never, never possess
But while she’s there waiting
Without them try a little tenderness
That’s all you got to do
It’s not just sentimental no, no, no
She has her griefs and care, yeah yeah yeah
But the soft words they are spoke so gentle, yeah
It makes it easier, easier to bear, yeah
You won’t regret it no, no
Young girls they don’t forget it
Love is their whole happiness, yeah yeah yeah
But its all so easy
You got to do is try
Try a little tenderness…
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