(Chronologically by submissions.)

 Try a Little Tenderness (1966) - Otis Redding

        We did not collect names or class years on this survey, only the names of slow songs we loved to dance to. The first response received was for a song which starts out slow, but doesn't end the same way. One classmates puts this as the favorite slow song from high school days. I am sure it was a nice way to end an evening with someone special.

Try a Little Tenderness

    "Try a Little Tenderness" is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra. A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement. Redding's recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion.  In early 1967, it peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] It has been named on a number of "best songs of all time" lists, including those from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is in the 204th position on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. 

Bing Crosby Try a Little Tenderness

        For fun let's throw in a little bit of trivia most people would not know. Bing Crosby also recorded it on January 9, 1933 for Brunswick Records.


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Lois Mozell Yates Watson, 90, of Huntsville, passed away Sunday. She was one of nine children, and the the youngest of three daughters born to Walter and Christine (Cosper) Yates. After attending elementary and high school in Heard County, GA, she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Berry College, Rome, GA. She did undergraduate work at Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville, GA, and graduate work at the University of Georgia, Athens, University of Florida, Gainesville, and the University of Alabama and Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. She married Dr. Harry Jack Watson in 1950. Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Hollin Yates, Merlin Yates, Ford Yates, Audrey Yates, Durell Yates, and Wheeler Yates; and sisters, Wilma Y. Kelley, and Maybell Y. Burgess. Lois was a member of First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Women's Missionary Union, National Biological Association and Phi Delta Kappa, Educational honorary educational fraternity, and Aircraft Owners Pilot Association, (AOPA). She taught Human Physiology at Lee High School. She enjoyed gardening, needle point, traveling, fishing, and piloting their Cessna 182 Skyline Airplane. Both she and her late husband were licensed pilots. A graveside service will be at 12 noon Thursday, November 30, at Maple Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Seanor officiating. (www.laughlinservice.com) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the M&M (Memory and Mobility) Fund at Hudson Alpha (https://support.hudsonalpha.org/MMFund) or a charity of your choice.
Published in The Huntsville Times on Nov. 29, 2017