Plus: Cher on Aguilera's Acting; Gerry Rafferty Sick

November 9, 2010 9:04 AM ET

Cher Praises Christina Aguilera's Acting 'Chops'
Cher, who stars with Christina Aguilera in the upcoming movie Burlesque, praised the singer's acting skills Monday night. "The scenes that she and I had together, I really enjoyed, and I really believe that she's got definite chops," Cher said. "We worked well together. I enjoyed all of it, and she was toe-to-toe with me the whole time." [MTV News]

John Lennon's Jacket, Michael Jackson's Chimp's Costume Up for Auction
A jacket worn by John Lennon, a costume made for Michael Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles and one of Jackson's white gloves will be put up for sale at a massive pop-culture auction next month in Beverly Hills next month. The 650-plus lots include the most extensive collection of Lennon and Beatles memorabilia ever made available, including Lennon self-portraits, a collage created for Elton John and a guitar played by both Lennon and Elvis Presley during a jam session. [Billboard]

Wu-Tang Clan Announce "Rebirth" Tour Dates
Wu-Tang Clan have announced the dates for their "Rebirth" tour, which begins in San Francisco on December 2 and stretches into January. [Consequence of Sound]

Gerry Rafferty Gravely Ill After Kidney Failure
Singer Gerry Rafferty is gravely ill after suffering kidney failure. Doctors told his fiancee that Rafferty, who has struggled with alcoholism, had little chance of survival, but his condition improved when the life support machine he'd been placed on was switched off. Best known for his 1978 hit "Baker Street," Rafferty was also a singer in Steeler's Wheel, whose early-'70s hit "Stuck in the Middle With You" was featured in a gruesome scene in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. [Spinner.com]

Almost Famous's Fugit, Crowe to Reunite for We Bought a Zoo
Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit and director Cameron Crowe will reunite for the Fox drama We Bought a Zoo. Elle Fanning is also in talks for the film, which stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. [Deadline]

Plus: Chris Brown Lawsuit Settled, Author Claims 'Fela!' Rip-Off

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Song Stories

“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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