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Video: David Cook Talks Dave Grohl, New LP at His RS Photo Shoot

June 11, 2008 4:50 PM ET

The current issue of Rolling Stone features Austin Scaggs' conversation with David Cook, the American Idol champ who auditioned on a whim. Click below for the complete piece, and click above for a behind-the-scenes look at Cook's Rolling Stone photo shoot and find out what White Zombie song turned Cook on to rock music, why he admires Dave Grohl and who he wants to work with on his debut LP.

David Cook: America's Accidental Idol

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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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