Soul legend Otis Redding’s version of “Try a Little Tenderness” was among the recordings just added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In all, 27 new titles were added this year, bringing the total number of recordings in the Grammy Museum to 987. The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees gives final approval, evaluating both singles and albums at least 25 years old that “exhibit qualitative or historical significance.”
Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods wrote the song, and it was first recorded in 1932. Artists from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to Rod Stewart to Michael Buble have recorded or performed it over the years.
Still, Redding’s version, which he recorded in 1966, made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
On the recording, Redding was backed by Booker T. & the M.G.’s. His version features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenzied R&B conclusion. It has been named on a number of “best songs of all time” lists. It ranked No. 204 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.