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The Heavy: Live at Rolling Stone

June 30, 2010 12:46 PM ET

Britain's hottest new retro-soul outfit the Heavy recently stopped by the Rolling Stone studio to perform stripped down, intimate takes on three songs of their latest album, The House That Dirt Built. Watch frontman Kelvin Swaby and the Heavy crew bringing the funk in these exclusive performance clips of "Sixteen," "Long Way From Home" and "Cause for Alarm."

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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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