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The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Britney Spears

February 6, 2008 8:37 AM ET

America's most controversial pop princess is on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. What began as the stuff that dreams are made of has slowly devolved into a tabloid-friendly nightmare for Spears. To read an excerpt from the cover story, click here. For a complete look at the history of Britney's music video canon, click here. For a comprehensive Britney Spears photo gallery, click here.

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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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