“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding
How do you explain Otis Redding to a friend who’s only ever heard “Dock Of The Bay”?
He was only twenty-six when he died. He was a maniac onstage. He was vulnerable in ways James Brown or Al Green could never show. He learned something from the Blues: What’s worse than heartbreak is still being in love even after you know it’s hopeless. He’s the Charlie Brown of Soul: He’ll never get to kick that football, but he won’t ever stop trying.