Have You Ever Loved a Woman

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Not to be confused with Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?

"Have You Ever Loved a Woman"
Single by Freddie King
B-side"You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling"
Released1960 (1960)
Format7" 45 rpm record
RecordedAugust 26, 1960
LabelFederal (no. 23484)
Songwriter(s)Billy Myles

"Have You Ever Loved a Woman" is a blues song written by Billy Myles and first recorded by American blues artist Freddie King in 1960. The song is performed as a slow blues with King's vocal and guitar accompanied by a small combo of pianist Sonny Thompson, bassist Bill Willis, and drummer Phillip Paul.[1]

When it was released by Federal Records in 1961, only the B-side to King's single, "You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling" reached the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The song was included on King's first album, Freddy King Sings, also issued by Federal in 1961.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

English guitarist-singer Eric Clapton subsequently recorded several versions of "Have You Ever Loved a Woman": the first was a live rendition in November 1965 when he was a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers; then a studio version with his band Derek and the Dominos for their 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; later on, live recordings of the song appear on his albums E. C. Was Here, Just One Night (as a medley with Ramblin' on My Mind), 24 Nights, Live In Hyde Park, One More Car, One More Rider and Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004.[3]

Freddie King's brother and bandmate, Benny Turner, also recorded this song and it appears on his 2017 release My Brother's Blues - a tribute to Freddie.[4]

The Graham Bond Organisation recorded a "Have Your Ever Loved a Woman" with somewhat different lyrics for their second album, There's a Bond Between Us. The album, released in 1965, lists Bond as the songwriter.[5][better source needed]


  1. ^ Fox, John Hartley (2009). King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records. University of Illinois Press. pp. 143–144. ISBN 978-0-252-03468-8.
  2. ^ Bedard, George. "Freddy King Sings – Album Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Eric Clapton: Have You Ever Loved a Woman – Appears on". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Benny Turner, My Brother's Blues, retrieved 2018-05-05
  5. ^ "The Graham Bond Organization: There's A Bond Between Us". Discogs. Retrieved June 17, 2016.