“Try A Little Tenderness” Performed by Otis Redding (1966)

August 5, 2010


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Once again I had to go with another Stax classic from the “King of Soul” — “Try A Little Tenderness.” Many have covered it but no one can replicate Otis’ rendition.

“Try a Little Tenderness” appeared on this last LP issued , “Live In Europe,” that Otis got to see released during his lifetime. It was recorded during the final Stax/Volt tour.  It charted #8 R&B and #32 Pop.

This song is in a three-way tie with “Dock of the Bay” and “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” as my most favorite Otis Redding single. Umm make that four way tie — I almost forgot “The Happy Song (Dum Dum).”

Of course as a youngster I knew of Otis, even earlier than these songs, from my Dad’s music collection — in particular  1962′s  “These Arms of Mine” that was played over and over quite often by my Dad. The 8 year old me just ate it up: I loved the sound of Otis Redding.  So you see  I literally grew up on Otis’ music and his death was a  true stunner for me.

I wonder if the folks at Monterey Pop Festival had even a tiny clue that they were  being blessed to see and hear Otis and the Barkays  perform. I only wish I had been lucky enough to witness this live.

And here is one more clip of “The King” performing “Tenderness” live so that you can enjoy the complete visual of his singing it.

Trivia: I bet you didn’t know that this  song was one of many cover versions of an awesome love song that was first recorded on December 8, 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra with vocals by Val Rosing according to this WIKI.

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The QOS covered “Tenderness” in 1962, but IMHO her watered down version (ironically with NO soul)  doesn’t hold a candle to the King’s.  Like I said above — no one can ever replicate Otis’  rendition of “Tenderness” that was arranged and produced by Isaac Hayes.  It is truly remarkable how the genius that was Isaac Hayes could listen to the original (provided for you above) and created something so soulful and deep. And OMG those horns are just tremendous! Don’t you think?

I’d  love to hear  your opinion in the comment section. Do you think any version of “Tenderness” out there is better than Mr. Redding’s version? What do you say?

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry August 6, 2010 at 5:06 am

Just like with The Tempts, im biased with Otis. my lil sis would probably tell you that Chris Brown’s version is better tha Otis’s (not in front of me though lol) but NOBODY can top Otis on this one. and i didnt know Isaac was behind Otis’s version! its sad that i didnt find out about Isaac’s genius until after his death but i more than appreciate him now. SonDan, your childhood sounds like it was great!!! im actually ashamed to admit there was a time when i didnt know who Otis was (i dont know how i made it this far without him actually). but im rambling lol…im gonna blog about you on my Tumblr :)

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2 SonDan August 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm

My childhood was probably just as full of trials and tribulations as anyone’s was — being a child of divorce. But my family’s love of music trumped all negativity. Music is what gets me through everything up to this day! I thank God everyday for the gift of music.

Gotta check out your Tumblr so link me there when you have time. ;-)

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3 SupaStarry August 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

i feel the EXACT same way about music!

this is the link to my Tumblr pg: http://howbigisyourworld.tumblr.com/

and this is the link to the post about you since its a couple pgs back: http://howbigisyourworld.tumblr.com/post/933464913/oldschoolmusiclover-com

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4 SonDan August 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

OMG. How wonderful. Thank you so much for your kind mention. You are too kind SupaS and I feel honored and blessed to have you as a blog friend. Here’s another hug from me to you (I guess you know by now I am a big on hugs– they make a body feel good!) I have bookmarked your Tumblr to read through at my leisure. It looks good.

Thanks again.

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5 SupaStarry August 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

your very welcome SonDan! i feel the exact same way and yes, i know you love your hugs and so do i lol *Hugs* nd thanks! :)

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