From the Studio #21

Try a little Tenderness

Yes, I know that it’s not completely true what is said in the lyrics. But it’s well meant, and the basic message is good—to try a little tenderness.

Otis Redding made a fine soul version of this song, as did Aretha Franklin, and before that Frank Sinatra recorded it. Tenor saxophonists have played it as a vehicle for ballad work. But my favorite among the big names is, of course, an early one by Bing Crosby.