500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Otis Redding, 'Try a Little Tenderness'

207. Otis Redding, 'Try a Little Tenderness'

Writers: Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry Woods
Steve Cropper, Jim Stewart
Dec. '66, Stax
10 weeks; No. 25

On his own, drummer Al Jackson Jr. switched to double-time on the second verse, for the high-energy climax. "We didn't know he was gonna do that," said bassist Duck Dunn. "It was amazing."

Appears on: Very Best of Otis Redding (Rhino)


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