Hard to Handle (song)
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|"Hard to Handle"|
|Song by Otis Redding|
|Composer||Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding|
"Hard to Handle" is a 1968 song originally recorded by Otis Redding and written by Redding, Al Bell and Allen Jones. It was released posthumously after Redding's death in 1967 on the album The Immortal Otis Redding. Redding's version reached #38 on the Billboard R&B charts and #51 on the pop charts.
|"Hard to Handle"|
|Single by The Black Crowes|
|from the album Shake Your Money Maker|
|Genre||Southern rock, blues-rock|
|Writer(s)||Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding|
|The Black Crowes singles chronology|
It has been covered several times, including by Patti Drew with likely the earliest cover in 1968, King Floyd, The Grateful Dead, The Black Crowes, Tom Jones, Toots & the Maytals, Rustix, Band from TV, Harpers Bizarre, Gov't Mule, Tony Joe White, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, as well as by Mae West in the film Myra Breckinridge.
The Stanford Band performs a cover as part of their standard repertoire. A recording is on their album The Wind of Freedom Blow (Greatest Hits 1970-1998).
In August 2007 soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a tribute version of Hard to Handle at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, for his album of soul classics, The Memphis Album with many of the original Stax music band members including Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Lester Snell, and Steve Potts.
The song also featured prominently in the movie The Commitments.
Country singer Joe Diffie recorded a bluegrass album called Homecoming in 2010, and remade the song for the final track.
Gerald de Palmas sang it in his show in 2012.
The Black Crowes version
Perhaps the most notable cover is that by The Black Crowes, for whom it was their breakout hit single from their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker. Two versions of the song exist: the original album version and the hit single remixed with an overdubbed brass section. The Crowes' version reached number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A cover version in the style of the Black Crowes is available as a downloadable track for the music video game series Rock Band. Another covered version by Steve Ouimette is in the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
The hip-hop producer Marley Marl sampled the five-note ascension and descension intro for his song "The Symphony" from his 1988 album In Control, Volume 1. This was re-sampled for the 1992 Wreckx-N-Effect song "Hard" and the 1999 Snoop Dogg song "Ghetto Symphony" from his 1999 album No Limit Top Dogg. Rapper Frankie Cutlass also uses the five ascending notes on his song "The Cypher Pt III" from his 1997 album Politics & Bullshit.
The song is covered at live performances by Welsh Rock Band Buffalo Summer