Try a little tenderness – the REAL original

You might know it from The Commitments but…it was first recorded in 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing) followed by both Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby in 1933. Then you get into covers by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rod Stewart, Frankie Laine, Percy Sledge, Earl Grant, Al Jarreau, Nina Simone, Etta James, Tina Turner, you name it – even Michael Bolton had a crack.

And here’s my favourite version (today), Otis on the Stax tour. In the album version he is (I think) backed by Booker T and the M.Gs, with an arrangement by Isaac Hayes, not sure if Booker’s boys are in on this tour too, but it has STRONG energy:

Oh, she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearing that same old shabby dress
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess
But while she’s there waiting, without them
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do, this is for you)

It’s not just sentimental, no, no, no
She has her grief and care
But the soft words they are spoke so gentle
It makes it easier, easier to bear

You won’t regret it, no, no
Young girls they never forget it
Love is their only happiness
But it’s all so easy
All you gotta do is try a little tenderness

Oh, she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearing that same old shabby dress, yeah yeah
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess, yeah
But while she’s there waiting, without them
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do)

It’s not just sentimental, no, no, no
She has her grief and care
But the soft words they are spoke so gentle, yeah
It makes it easier, easier to bear, yeah

You won’t regret it, no, no
Some girls they don’t forget it
Love is their only happiness, yeah
But it’s all so easy
All you gotta do is try, try a little tenderness

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah yeah yeah

2 responses to “Try a little tenderness – the REAL original

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  2. Very disappointing to find that the video on which the comparison is based does not exist!

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