Hard to Handle (song)
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|"Hard to Handle"|
|Song by Otis Redding|
|from the album The Immortal Otis Redding|
|Songwriter(s)||Allen Jones, Al Bell, Otis Redding|
"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.
|"Hard to Handle"|
|Single by The Black Crowes|
|from the album Shake Your Money Maker|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Songwriter(s)||Allen Jones, Al Bell, and Otis Redding|
|The Black Crowes singles chronology|
The Black Crowes version
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. 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.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||40|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||56|
|UK Singles (OCC)||45|
|US Billboard Hot 100||26|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||1|
- 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 Lemon Jelly 2001 song "Rock", from a rare limited edition (1000 copies) single called "Soft/Rock" (which came in a pair of Levi's jeans with a condom in the pocket), features sampled elements of "Hard to Handle".
- 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[clarification needed] on his song "The Cypher Pt III" from his 1997 album Politics & Bullsh*t.
- German hip-hop band Fünf Sterne deluxe used the melody and samples in their 1998 song "Willst du mit mir gehn"
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