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The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (05/30)

May 30, 2007 1:04 PM ET

What Happened Yesterday: Dr. Louis Pena, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Lana Clarkson, testified, making jurors gag (really) with step-by-step desciption of how he extracted Clarkson's bullet-grazed tongue from her mouth. He then explained why, in his opinion, the gun was shoved into Clarkson's mouth in a violent way; described resistance bruises on Clarkson's forearms and wrists; and testified that the gun in question had been wiped clean.

Is This Good or Bad for Phil? Bad. Dr. Pen's testimony makes it hard for the jury to buy Clarkson's death as a suicide

Hair and Wardrobe Update: Phil was dressed in a funereal black ensemble, which brought out the fluorescent glow in his blonde pageboy.

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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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