Everyone who has ever been in love knows the feeling Joe Haywood and Percy Sledge are singing about. Warm and Tender Love is without a doubt one of the most beautiful love songs ever. Of course, it’s a Percy Sledge classic, written by Irral Ida Berger and Bobby Robinson. The original, however, belongs to Joe Haywood who released it on the Enjoy label in 1964. (It was also released a little later on the White Cliffs label.)
The original version has a less elaborate instrumentation, but, in my opinion, the guitar alone makes up for the missing signature organ part of the original. In regard to the singing, Percy substitutes in his version a lot of tenderness for the passion in Joe Haywood’s version. I love both versions — of course.
Joe Haywood — Warm And Tender Love
And here is Percy Sledge’s version which is impossible to trump. I’ll always love you, Percy!