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Marquee Names: The Knight Brothers – “Tried So Hard to Please Her”


Slow soul songs fill the bill.

Years of diggin’ in the crates and studying different kinds of records have taught me a number of different things. And when it comes to understanding arrangement and basic drum rhythms, or spotting (often) overlooked jewels for sampling, slow soul songs have always filled the bill. The Knight Brothers’ “Tried So Hard to Please Her” is not different in this regard. Released in the mid-1960s on the Knight Brothers’ Temptation album, “Tried So Hard to Please Her” is one of those slow soul songs that simmers, not too slow and not quite quick enough to push into the faster terrain of typical R&B of the period. Either way, it’s a jewel with open toms at the beginning and couple of different sound-stab points.

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The Knight Brothers – “Tried So Hard to Please Her”

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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual