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Virgin Festival Recruits Foos, STP, NIN, Kanye and Jack Johnson

April 2, 2008 10:35 AM ET

The nineties will dominate this year's Virgin Festival in Baltimore as the Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails and the reunited Stone Temple Pilots will join Kanye West and festival prerequisite Jack Johnson as headliners of the August 9-10 fest. Virgin Festival forefather Sir Richard Branson made the announcement yesterday at a Las Vegas cell phone convention, adding that the remainder of acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Foo Fighters were also named headliners of the Virgin fest in Toronto, where they'll be joined by Oasis, Bloc Party and Spiritualized. Details for the Calgary and Edmonton offshoots have not yet been announced.

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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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