Hard Luck Woman" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss and the lead single from their 1976 album, . It was originally written by Rock and Roll Over Paul Stanley as a possible track for Rod Stewart, but after the success of the ballad " Beth", Kiss decided to keep it for themselves as a follow-up. 
Peter Criss, the single was an attempt to follow the success of the hit single "Beth" released earlier in the year by releasing another love song sung by Criss. It proved to be a Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #15.
A version of "Hard Luck Woman" appears on Kiss's 1977
album; however, it was later revealed that the song was recorded in an empty warehouse with an audience overdubbed, rather than an actual live recording. Alive II
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Garth Brooks version [ edit ]
In 1994, country star
Garth Brooks recorded the song for the tribute album , with Kiss themselves providing the instrumentation. Kiss and Brooks performed the song on Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved in promotion of the album. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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X Japan members Toshi, hide and Pata performed a cover at Nissan Power Station on October 18, 1991. Japanese
thrash metal band Rosenfeld covered this song on their 1994 live album In the Garden as a hidden track. Danish heavy metal band
Pretty Maids covered this song on their 1997 album, Spooked. With Kanako Nakayama, Redd Kross covered this song on the 1998 tribute album,
Kiss Tribute in Japan. Japanese pop singer
Maki Nomiya covered this song on her 1999 album, . Miss Maki Nomiya Sings
Ginger of the heavy rock band The Wildhearts covered the song on his 2001 solo live album Grevious Acoustic Behaviour. Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters did a cover version on their 2005 album
The Hold Steady did an electrified cover version on their 2014 covers EP, RAGS. 
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In popular culture [ edit ]
Episode 24 of the anime series
is named "Hard Luck Woman" after the song. Cowboy Bebop
References [ edit ]
^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au . Retrieved . 2016-10-11
^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". . RPM Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved . June 25, 2016
^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
^ " Top RPM Singles: Issue 2592." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
^ " Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2586." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
^ " Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2611." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. October 3, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" for Garth Brooks. Billboard Adult Contemporary
^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" for Garth Brooks. Billboard Hot Country Songs
^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" for Garth Brooks. Billboard Pop Songs
^ "The Hold Steady: The Unified Scene on PledgeMusic". Pledgemusic.com . Retrieved . 2016-10-11
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