Hard Luck Woman

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"Hard Luck Woman"
Single by Kiss
from the album Rock and Roll Over
Released November 1, 1976 (US)
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:29
Label Casablanca NB-873A (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer
Kiss singles chronology
"Beth"/"Detroit Rock City"
"Hard Luck Woman"/"Mr. Speed"
"Calling Dr. Love"/"Take Me"
"Hard Luck Woman"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
Released 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Paul Stanley
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"One Night a Day"
"Hard Luck Woman"
"Callin' Baton Rouge"

"Hard Luck Woman" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss and the lead single from their 1976 album, Rock and Roll Over. It was originally written by 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.[1]

Sung by 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 Alive II 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.

Garth Brooks version[edit]

In 1994, country star Garth Brooks recorded the song for the tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, with Kiss themselves providing the instrumentation. Kiss and Brooks performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in promotion of the album.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 23
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[3] 31
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 59
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 67
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[7] 26

Other versions[edit]

  • X Japan members Toshi, hide and Pata performed a cover at Nissan Power Station on October 18, 1991.
  • 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.
  • Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters did a cover version on their 2005 album Long Playing.


In popular culture[edit]

  • Episode 24 of the anime series Cowboy Bebop is named "Hard Luck Woman" after the song.


  1. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2592." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2586." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2611." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 3, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Garth Brooks.
  6. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  7. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Garth Brooks.
  8. ^ http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/theholdsteady

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