Monday, April 14, 2014

At the Music Hall: Try a Little Tenderness, 1933

Mel Torme
She may be weary
Women do get weary
Wearing the same shabby dress
And when she's weary
Try a little tenderness

She may be waiting
Just anticipating
Things she may never possess
And while she's without them
Try a little tenderness

It's not just sentimental
She has her grief
And her cares
But a word
Soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
So much easier to bear

You won't regret it
Women don't forget it
Love's got a whole
A whole happiness
And it's all so easy
Just to try a little tenderness

You've gotta try
You've gotta hold 'er
You've got ta squeeze her
You have to try
You've got ta try
And always please her
You won't regret it
You won't regret it

Everyone has heard this enduing favorite. It’s been recorded time and again and remains one of the most beloved American romantic songs.

Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods, this gentle ballad was first recorded onDecember 8, 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra (vocals were provided by Val Rosing). The record was such a success that, the following year, Ruth Etting and Bing Crosby added their own rendition. Within months, many different artists had recorded the song. And, it’s still being recorded by popular artists in 2012.

Enjoy this version by the “Velvet Fog,” Mel Torme.

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