Hard to Handle (song)
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|"Hard to Handle"|
|Song by Otis Redding from the album The Immortal Otis Redding|
|Composer(s)||Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding|
"Hard to Handle" is a 1968 song written by American soul music star Otis Redding along with Al Bell and Allen Jones. Originally recorded by Redding, it saw wide release soon after the singer's sudden death in 1967, being 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||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Writer(s)||Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding|
|The Black Crowes singles chronology|
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It has been covered by many artists, including Patti Drew (with perhaps the earliest cover in 1968), King Floyd, Liquid Smoke[who?], Grateful Dead, The Black Crowes, Tom Jones, Toots and the Maytals, Rustix, Band from TV, Harpers Bizarre, Gov't Mule, Tony Joe White, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Matt Giraud, Etta James and Snafu as well as by Mae West in the film Myra Breckinridge.
"Hard to Handle" was a mainstay of the Grateful Dead's live set from 1969 to 1971, as sung by Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. The song has been brought back recently[clarification needed] by Furthur, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's band.
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.
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 Lemon Jelly song "Rock" features sampled elements of "Hard to Handle". Reggae artist, Capleton used the ascension / descension for " Wings of the Mourning " (remix) 1992 on the Def Jam label Masta Ace samples this song's bass line for "Four Minus Three", a song from his debut album, Take a Look Around.
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 original Otis Redding version of the song was used in a 2015 Natwest advert for Apple Pay.