Hard to Handle (song)

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"Hard to Handle"
Song by Otis Redding
from the album The Immortal Otis Redding
ReleasedJune 1968
Recorded1967
GenreSoul
Length2:17
LabelAtco
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Cropper
Official audio
Hard To Handle (Official Lyric Video) on YouTube

"Hard to Handle" is a 1968 song written by American soul singer Otis Redding along with Al Bell and Allen Jones. Originally recorded by Redding, it was released in 1968 as the B-side to "Amen" (shortly after the singer's sudden death in 1967). The song also appears on the 1968 album The Immortal Otis Redding. Redding's version reached No. 38 on the Billboard R&B charts and No. 51 on the pop charts.[1]

The Black Crowes covered the song on their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker and it became their first hit single.

The Black Crowes version[edit]

"Hard to Handle"
HardtoHandle.jpg
Single by the Black Crowes
from the album Shake Your Money Maker
B-side
Released1990
Recorded1989
Genre
Length3:08
LabelDef American
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)George Drakoulias
The Black Crowes singles chronology
"Jealous Again"
(1990)
"Hard to Handle"
(1990)
"Twice As Hard"
(1990)

Perhaps the most notable cover is by American rock band the Black Crowes, for whom it was a 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.[citation needed] 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.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 79
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[10] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 56
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 26
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 1

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 486.
  2. ^ Hard to Handle (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1990. 7-19245.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ Hard to Handle (US cassette single cassette notes). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1990. 19245-4.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ Hard to Handle (UK 7-inch single vinyl disc). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1990. DEFA 6, 878 132–7.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ Hard to Handle (UK cassette single sleeve). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1990. DEFAM 6.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Hard to Handle (UK CD single liner notes). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1990. DEFAC 6, 878 133–2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Hard to Handle (UK & European 7-inch single vinyl disc). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1991. DEFA10, 868 838-7.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Hard to Handle (UK & European CD single liner notes). The Black Crowes. Def American Recordings. 1991. DEFAC10, 868 839-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9091." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Black Crowes – Hard to Handle" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Black Crowes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Black Crowes Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
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