Hard Luck Woman

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"Hard Luck Woman"
Hard Luck Woman - Kiss.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Rock and Roll Over
ReleasedNovember 1, 1976 (US)
GenreSoft rock
LabelCasablanca NB-873A (US)
Songwriter(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
Songwriter(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 number 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.

Paul Stanley has said the song was inspired by Rod Stewart, in particular the songs "Maggie May" and "You Wear It Well". Stanley has since then stated his admiration and love of Stewart's music numerous times.

Chart performance[edit]

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
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 23
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[7] 31
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 59
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 67
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 26

Other versions[edit]

  • 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 Grievous Acoustic Behaviour.
  • Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters did a cover version on their 2005 album Long Playing.
  • The Hold Steady did an electrified cover version on their 2014 covers EP, RAGS.[12]


Alive II version

  • Peter Criss - lead vocals, drums
  • Paul Stanley - electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Ace Frehley - electric guitar
  • Gene Simmons - electric bass guitar

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. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2592." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2586." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2611." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 3, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "The Hold Steady: The Unified Scene on PledgeMusic". Pledgemusic.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.

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