Try a Little Tenderness


Try a Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)

Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Val Rosing — recorded on 8 December 1932; issued as the A-side of Victor 24263, b/w “Close to Your Heart” recorded by Don Bestor and his Orchestra


Bing Crosby — recorded in New York on 9 January 1933, with a studio orchestra that include Tommy Dorsey on trombone; issued as Brunswick 6480, c/w “I’m Playing With Fire” which was recorded on the same day. In the UK, it was issued in 1933 on Brunswick (UK) 1444, as the B-side of “I’m Playing With Fire,” and in February 1941 on (UK) Columbia DB 1985, b/w “How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)”


Jack Hylton 1Pat O'Malley 1

Jack Hylton and His Orchestra, vocal: Pat O’Malley — recorded on 18 January 1933; issued on Decca (UK) F-3440


Ted Lewis and his Band-1

Ted Lewis and His Band — recorded on 1 February 1933; issued on Columbia 2478-D, c/w “Buy American!”




Ruth Etting — recorded on 8 February 1933; issued as the B-side of “Hey! Young Fella (Close Your Umbrella),” Perfect 12887


Frank Sinatra — recorded for Columbia on 7 or 8 December 1945* in New York — released on the LP The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in March 1946

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Axel Stordahl (con), Mitch Miller (o), Matty Golizio (g), Frank Siravo (b), Bill Clifton (p), Nat Polen (d), Raoul Polikian, Leonard Posner (vn), Sidney Brecher (vl), A. Sophos (vc**), Frank Sinatra (v)


Little Miss Cornshucks — recorded on 19 December 1951; issued on Coral 65090 in 1952

Biographies of Mildred Elizabeth Cummings:

The provider says,

Little Miss Cornshucks from a 1951 Coral recording. She was recorded by Atlantic Records’ Ahmet Ertegun just for himself in 1943 years before he had a record label because he liked her voice so much. She had a little girl act, with her hair tied with a ribbon, an image that she carried over from her vaudeville days. She recorded on Chicago’s Sunbeam label in 1947 and had been a major draw at the city’s Club De Lisa by the time she was 18 in 1941. She also opened the Rhumboogie and also recorded on Miltone, Aladdin, Coral and Chess.


Beverly Kenney — from her 1958 LP Sings For Playboys


Sammy Davis, Jr. with guitar by Mundell Lowe — from the 1958 album Mood to Be Wooed, Decca DL 8676


Jack Lemmon — probably from the 1959 LP “Sings and Plays Music from Some Like It Hot,” but with about a minute missing


Little Miss Cornshucks — from the 1961 Chess LP The Loneliest Gal In Town, LP-1453


Jackie Wilson — from his 1961 Brunswick LP By Special Request, BL 54101


1962 Try a Little Tenderness-Aretha Frankllin-Columbia 4-425201962 Tender, Moving, Swingin-Aretha Franklin-Columbia CL 1876

Aretha Franklin — issued on the 45 rpm single Columbia 4-42520 on 3 August 1962, b/w “Just For the Thrill” (Louis Armstrong, Don Raye); also found on the album The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin, Columbia CL 1876 (Mono) and Columbia ‎CS 8676 (Stereo), released on 13 August 1962


Sam Cooke — Medley: “Try A Little Tenderness”/”(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons”/”You Send Me” — recorded live at the Copacabana, New York City, 8 July 1964; released in October 1964 on the LP Sam Cooke at the Copa, RCA Victor LSP-2970


Gloria Lynne — B-side of “Lonely Street,” Everest 2059, issued in 1965


1966 That Old Feeling, Brook Benton, RCA Victor LPM-3514

Brook Benton — from his 1966 LP That Old Feeling, RCA Victor ‎LPM-3514


There were no other 1966 recordings of note — well, there was one odd little twist on the song featuring an annoying metronome-like tick-tock beat on the rhythm track which I’m sure nobody wants to hear, and a near copy of that recording by another artist —  and none that I’m aware of in 1967, so it’s on to 1968.

Joe White — Blue Cat (UK) single BS 119, released in 1968



1969 Try a Little Tenderness-Lenny Dee, Decca 725750 (2)

Lenny Dee — issued in 1969 on Decca 725750, c/w “Help Yourself”


* The Frank Sinatra Discography at dates the session 7 December 1945. The Jazz Discographical Project’s Columbia 36500 to 37000 listing, and Second Hand Songs each date the recording 8 December 1945.

** vc = cello, from the Italian “violoncello”


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