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“Stand Back”

Stevie Nicks | 1983

Stevie Nicks can thank Prince and a honeymoon drive for this hit single. Hitting the road with her then-husband, Kim Anderson, to embark upon their honeymoon, Nicks heard "Little Red Corvette" on the radio, and immediately came up with the idea for "Stand Back." "I start singing all these words, and I'm like, 'Pull over, we have to get a cassette player! And we have to record this!'" Nicks recalled. Not only did Nicks give Prince half of the royalties for the inspiration for the song, he also played on the track.

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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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