The Commitments is a 1991 movie musical based on a 1987 novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. Why am I talking about a movie? Well this movie has a lot of great cover songs in it, apart from the fact it’s a very entertaining movie, I share a love of this soundtrack with my wife’s brother. I happen to be visiting my brother in law and his lovely wife at their beautiful home on Vancouver Island, so I thought it appropriate to blog about a mutual interest in music.
The most recognizable version and inspiration for the movie was this one by the legendary Wilson Picket, released in October of 1966 and the fourth time the song had been done.
A really different take on this song and one of those “I didn’t know it was the same song!” covers from the Talking Heads (1978) and a regular in my cover tunes playlist.
“Try A LittleTenderness” from the movie, Andrew Strong again.
Aretha Franklin in 1967. Oh my, hard to get a better song than this! Covered over 60 times.
Martha and the Vandellas.
There have been covers by Arnold McCuller used in the movie "The Warriors" and by Boga used in "Baby Driver", Michael McDonald even took a crack at it. Let's just stick with the original.
Cover song trivia: Who sang the original version of “The Teddy Bear's Picnic” with Henry Hall & His Orchestra - (1932)? One- Val Rosing, just mentioned above as the original vocalist on "Try A Little Tenderness".
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