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Otis Redding

Try A Little Tenderness

  • Soul
  • Space
  • Funk
  • Disco
  • Instrumental
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  • 1966
  • 2011
  • 2002
  • 1967

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“Try a Little Tenderness” is a love song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods, and recorded initially on December 8, 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing) followed by both Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby in 1933. Subsequent recordings and performances were done by such recording artists as Otis Redding, Pat O’Malley in the Jack Hylton’s Big Band, Little Miss Cornshucks (1951), Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rod Stewart, Frankie Laine, Percy Sledge, Earl Grant, Al Jarreau, Nina Simone, Etta James, Tina Turner, Three Dog Night, John Miles and Andrew Strong, Chris Brown, Michael Bublé, The Von Bondies, Cassia Eller and Amber Riley in the Fox show Glee. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Try a little tenderness ... A little tenderness ... Don't squeeze her

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This song is listed #204 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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