Hard to Handle (song)

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"Hard to Handle"
Song by Otis Redding
from the album The Immortal Otis Redding
ReleasedJune 1968
Songwriter(s)Allen Jones, Al Bell, Otis Redding
Producer(s)Steve Cropper

"Hard to Handle" is a 1968 song written by American soul star 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]

"Hard to Handle"
Single by The Black Crowes
from the album Shake Your Money Maker
B-side"Waitin' Guilty"
(non-album track)
GenreHard rock, blues rock
LabelDef American
Songwriter(s)Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding
Producer(s)George Drakoulias
The Black Crowes singles chronology
"Jealous Again"
"Hard to Handle"
"Twice As Hard"

The Black Crowes version[edit]

Perhaps the most notable cover is by 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.


Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 79
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 56
Poland (LP3)[5] 45
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 26
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 1

Other uses[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 486.
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9091." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Black Crowes – Hard to Handle" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Notowanie nr512" (in Polish). LP3. December 13, 1991. Retrieved February 22, 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Black Crowes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Black Crowes Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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