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“Can't Get Enough”

Bad Company | 1974

After leaving his band Free, Paul Rodgers sang briefly in a band named Peace, which toured with Mott the Hoople. While backstage one day, Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs played Rodgers some songs he'd written--including this blues rocker--that the Hoople had rejected. "From day one I knew that was a hit," Rodgers said. "I was surprised that anyone had difficulty seeing that." Inspired by Ralphs' song, the two agreed to form a supergroup, Bad Company, to record "Can't Get Enough." "I knew if we could write that sort of music, then we were going to be big," Rodgers said.

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“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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