Friday, May 6, 2011

"Try A Little Tenderness"

OK, back to the 60's: This '32 Campbell/Connelly/Woods love ballad was first recorded by The Ray Noble Orchestra with Val Rosing on vocals. Subsequently covered by the likes of Crosby, Sinatra and Torme. The staff at STAX Records convinced a reluctant young Otis Redding to record it with a novel soulful twist, starting out slowly and building to an explosive and feverish R&B climax. Arranged by Isaac Hayes and backed by Booker T. and The M.G.'s. It became his signature song and his best-selling record, peaking at #25 in '66. #204 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Three Dog Night's '68 cover was their 1st Top 40 hit.

Yesterday's answer: "Catch the Wind" by Donovan. Has been used in several TV commercials throughout the years.

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