Try A Little Tenderness

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Try A Little Tenderness live on stage from Otis Redding on his European tour 1967.
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"Try a Little Tenderness"
Single by Otis Redding
from the album Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
B-side"I'm Sick Y'all"
ReleasedNovember 14, 1966
Format7" 45 RPM
RecordedStax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee: 1966
Length3:46 (Album version)
3:20 (Single version)
Writer(s)Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly
Harry M. Woods
Producer(s)Jim Stewart
Isaac Hayes
Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Otis Redding singles chronology

"Try a Little Tenderness" is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Both Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby recorded it in 1933.


  • 1 Otis Redding version
  • 2 Three Dog Night version
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Otis Redding version

A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement.[1] Redding's recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion, incorporating elements from the Duke Ellington–Lee Gaines song "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" as well as the words "Sock it to me". This version peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] It has been named on a number of "best songs of all time" lists, including those from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is in the 204th position on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. A live version performed in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival was also recorded.

This version was heavily influential in the 1991 cult Irish movie The Commitments, at one point the band performing the song in the style of Otis Redding. It was also heavily sampled in the song "Otis", recorded by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, from their album "Watch The Throne".

Three Dog Night version

Three Dog Night released a version of the song, which peaked at #29 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1969.[2] It is a copy of Redding's interpretation of the song, including the coda that was added in Redding's version.


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. ISBN 0-8256-7284-8. Pg. 105-1072
  2. ^ "Try a Little Tenderness (song by Three Dog Night) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2016-07-26. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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