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Festival News: R.E.M, STP, NIN Play New Orleans Voodoo

April 28, 2008 3:49 PM ET

The tenth annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA, has conjured up R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots to headline the three-day fest, taking place in the Big Easy on October 24-26. Native sons the Neville Brothers will also play their hometown festival for the first time. Tickets for Voodoo go on sale May 2nd at the fest's website.

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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