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Song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods.

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Redding in 1967

Otis Redding

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American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Redding in 1967
"Otis Redding Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay", statue in Gateway Park by Bradley Cooley and Bradley Cooley, Jr of Bronze By Cooley, 2003

In addition to "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness" are among his best-known songs.

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s

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American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.
Booker T. & the M.G.'s in Tunica, Mississippi, 2002

They played on hundreds of records, including classics like "Walking the Dog", "Hold On, I'm Comin'" (on which the multi-instrumentalist Jones played tuba over Donald "Duck" Dunn's bass line), "Soul Man", "Who's Making Love", "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)", and "Try a Little Tenderness", among others.

Otis (song)

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Song by American hip hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West from their first collaborative album Watch the Throne .

Song by American hip hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West from their first collaborative album Watch the Throne .

The production style of "Otis" has been compared to West's The College Dropout.
The video features a Maybach 57 customized by West and Jay.
West and Jay-Z performed "Otis" at their Watch the Throne tour.

The song posthumously features soul singer Otis Redding, whose version of "Try a Little Tenderness" is sampled in the song.

Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly

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Jimmy Campbell (born James Alexander Campbell-Tyrie; 5 April 1903–19 August 1967) and Reg Connelly (born Reginald John Connelly; 22 October 1895–23 September 1963) were English songwriters and music publishers.

Jimmy Campbell (born James Alexander Campbell-Tyrie; 5 April 1903–19 August 1967) and Reg Connelly (born Reginald John Connelly; 22 October 1895–23 September 1963) were English songwriters and music publishers.

One of their most successful songs, "Try a Little Tenderness", was written with Harry M. Woods in 1932.

Monterey International Pop Festival

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Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Jefferson Airplane in early 1967
Janis Joplin (photo 1968)
The Beach Boys' sudden cancellation from the event drew criticism and controversy.
Advertising promoting the festival published in Cashbox magazine in 1967

Redding finished with a riveting "Try a Little Tenderness".

Watch the Throne

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Collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, collectively known as The Throne.

Collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, collectively known as The Throne.

Jay-Z and West recorded at various locations, including Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England.
Singer Frank Ocean appears on "No Church in the Wild" and "Made in America". Ocean was brought onto the project per the reception of his prior musical ventures.
Stylistically the record features production handled by West largely considered unconventional. It is an aesthetic quality shared with his previous solo album.
The album's lyrics contain braggadocious themes pertaining to opulence, fame, power and the burdens of success in addition to socio-political commentary on the financial struggles of African-Americans in America.
West (left) and Jay-Z (right) on the Watch the Throne Tour, 2011.
Singles from Watch the Throne were performed on the album's corresponding promotional tour.
In 2012, Kanye West and Jay-Z won Grammys for the single "Otis"; West became the rapper with the most Grammys in history following the win.

"Otis" samples Otis Redding's 1966 song "Try a Little Tenderness", manipulating it into a rhythm track with Reddington's vocals and grunts.

Val Rosing

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British dance band singer best known as the vocalist with the BBC in the BBC Dance Orchestra directed by Henry Hall.

British dance band singer best known as the vocalist with the BBC in the BBC Dance Orchestra directed by Henry Hall.

He also sang on the Ray Noble Orchestra's version of "Try a Little Tenderness", the first recording of this well-covered song.

Etting in 1935

Ruth Etting

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American singer and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film.

American singer and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film.

Etting in 1935
Etting in a photo for her CBS radio program sponsored by Oldsmobile.
Etting in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931
Etting on the cover of the June 1935 edition of Radio Mirror.
Lobby card from No Contest!, 1934

(1933) "Try a Little Tenderness" (U.S. chart position 16) Melotone Records

Harry M. Woods

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Tin Pan Alley songwriter and pianist, he was a composer of numerous film scores.

Tin Pan Alley songwriter and pianist, he was a composer of numerous film scores.

Alone, or with his collaborators, he wrote "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", "I'm Goin' South", "The Clouds Will Soon Roll By", "Just a Butterfly that’s Caught in the Rain", "Side by Side", "My Old Man", "A Little Kiss Each Morning", "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho", "Man From the South", "River Stay 'way from My Door", "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain", "We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye", "Just an Echo in the Valley", "A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet", "You Ought to See Sally on Sunday", "Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby", "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", "Try a Little Tenderness", "I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again", "Over My Shoulder", "Tinkle Tinkle Tinkle", "When You've Got a Little Springtime in Your Heart", "Midnight, the Stars and You", and "I Nearly Let Love Go Slipping Through My Fingers".

Three Dog Night, 1972. Back L-R: Joe Schermie, Floyd Sneed, Michael Allsup and Jimmy Greenspoon. Front L-R: Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron

Three Dog Night

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American rock band formed in 1967, with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron.

American rock band formed in 1967, with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron.

Three Dog Night, 1972. Back L-R: Joe Schermie, Floyd Sneed, Michael Allsup and Jimmy Greenspoon. Front L-R: Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron
Negron, Wells and Hutton in 1969

The album Three Dog Night was a success with its hit songs "Nobody", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "One" and helped the band gain recognition and become one of the top-drawing concert acts of their time.