Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (1966)

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Otis Redding

After a slow morning in the snowy Alps, I am smiling at the reports of nighttime queues for the Boxing Day sales at Next in Kingston, my home town. Before I left for the mountains, I could not help but notice that TK Maxx were using this absolute classic boost their festive footfall. Released a year after the success and confidence that is Otis Blue, Redding would again create an entirely new form through cover. Previously recorded by Aretha and Sam Cooke, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ would benefit from Booker T. & the MG’s support, Isaac Hayes’ arrangements and Redding’s vocal powers. Incomparable. “Sock it to me.”

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