Otis Redding’s song, “Try A Little Tenderness” released in the ‘60s is now resurrected by musicians Kanye West and Jay-Z. Their now song, “Otis”, premiered on Wednesday. And they are not the only ones that believed in the power of Tenderness over the years, MTV says.
Soul singer Otis Redding has released “Try A Little Tenderness” in 1966. Since then, many have performed it and it is now considered a classic: an oldie, but goldie. And this is not metaphorically speaking only, because Jay-Z and Kanye West are determined to turn the old sound into gold. 40 years after the recording of the most notable interpretation of the song, they resurrected the sound on their new track included in their “Watch the Throne” LP.The song, named “Otis”, premiered on Wednesday on the DJ Funkmaster Flex’sHot 97 radio show. In the next hours it spread on the web.
“Otis” starts with a few moments from the original performance of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”. Then the vintage images are replaced as Redding vanishes and the piano part is chopped off and reinvented.
The highly expected LP has kept fans waiting and confused. Initially, they announced that the Watch the Throne was going to be released on August 1. There is no news that would say otherwise until now. But “Otis” and “H.A.M.” are the only songs that are released from the LP, so it is still an enigma.
The original song, “Try A Little Tenderness” has been sung by numerous artists. It was written by James Campbell and Reginald Connelly and was first recorded in 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra. One year later, Bing Crosby and Ruth Etting sang it as well. Since then, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin have all made their own interpretations of “Tenderness” but still, Otis Redding’s performance is the most notable of all times.