Retro of the day: Otis Redding

“Try a Little Tenderness” is a 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), Michael Buble, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rod Stewart, Frankie Laine, Percy Sledge, Earl Grant, Al Jarreau, Sheena Easton, Rita Reys, Nina Simone, Etta James, Tina Turner, Three Dog Night, John Miles and Andrew Strong, The Von Bondies, Cássia Eller, Florence and the Machine, and Cyndi Lauper (live at the White House). It was also performed by a studio orchestra during the opening credits of Dr. Strangelove, and by Dr. John and Bennie Wallace on the Bull Durham soundtrack.
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