I've Been Loving You Too Long

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"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Song by Otis Redding from the album Otis Blue
Released April 19, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Miami: 1965
Genre Soul
Length 2:49 (mono version, April 1965)
3:09 (stereo version, July 1965)
Label Volt/Atco
Writer(s) Otis Redding
Jerry Butler
Producer(s) Otis Redding
Jerry Butler
Otis Blue track listing
  1. "Ole Man Trouble"
  2. "Respect"
  3. "A Change Is Gonna Come"
  4. "Down in the Valley"
  5. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  6. "Shake"
  7. "My Girl"
  8. "Wonderful World"
  9. "Rock Me Baby"
  10. "Satisfaction"
  11. "You Don't Miss Your Water"

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" (sometimes issued as "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)") is a song written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler.[1] It was the A-side of a 1965 hit single by Redding and was subsequently included on his third album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul.[1] Redding had been appearing in the U.S. Billboard pop and R&B charts as early as 1962, but this was his first big hit, reaching number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was his first to reach the Top 5 on the Billboard R&B chart, peaking at number 2. The B-side of the single, "Just One More Day," was also a minor hit, reaching number 15 on the R&B chart and number 85 on the pop chart. The song is ranked number 110 on the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Two recorded studio versions[edit]

Like several other songs by Redding, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" was recorded twice, in two different sessions, with a variation of some 20 seconds in duration:

  1. Mid-April 1965, 2:49, mono version, probably with Isaac Hayes on keyboards and piano, the most usual version, which means the written time on the record is almost always incorrect[citation needed]
  2. Early July 1965, 3:09–3:14, stereo version, with Booker T. Jones on keyboards and piano, available in the triple-album box set The Story of Otis Redding and among the three studio versions included in the double-album collector's edition 2008 Rhino reissue of Otis Blue

Johnny Diesel version[edit]

"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Single by Johnny Diesel
from the album The Lobbyist
B-side Come to Me
Released 29 November 1993[2]
Format CD single
Label EMI Records
Producer(s) Diesel, Don Gehman
Johnny Diesel singles chronology
"Please Send Me Someone to Love"
"Still Got a Long Way to Go"

In 1992 Australian ARIA award winning musician, Diesel recorded the song for his ARIA Chart number 1 album, The Lobbyist (1993). It was released as the third and final single and peaked at number 41 on the Australian ARIA Chart on 29 November 1993.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  2. "Come to Me" (UK Remix)

Other versions[edit]

The first cover of the song was a recording by the Rolling Stones in 1965, shortly after Redding's original version became a hit. It was included on the Stones' first live album, Got Live If You Want It!, although the track was a studio recording that had been overdubbed with audience noises.[5] Returning the compliment, Redding covered the Rolling Stones song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Another cover version of the song was by Ike & Tina Turner in 1968.[6] It was the lead track from their 1968 Blue Thumb album, Outta Season.[7] The Turners can be seen performing the song at Madison Square Garden in the concert film of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter.[citation needed] Their version peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard R&B chart and number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • Otis Redding – vocals
  • Booker T. Jones – keyboards, piano
  • Isaac Hayes – keyboards, piano
  • Steve Cropper – guitar
  • Donald Dunn – bass
  • Al Jackson Jr. – drums
  • Wayne Jackson – trumpet
  • Gene Miller – trumpet
  • Andrew Love – tenor saxophone
  • Floyd Newman – baritone saxophone


  1. ^ a b Bruce Eder. "Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul - Otis Redding | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  2. ^ "ARIA New Releases 29 November 1993". Ariacharts.com.au. 29 November 1993. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "JOHNNY DIESEL I've Been Loving You Too Long (SONG)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "I've Been Loving You Too Long". Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Richie Unterberger (1966-11-04). "Got Live If You Want It! - The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  6. ^ "I've Been Loving You Too Long - Ike Turner,Ike & Tina Turner,Tina Turner | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  7. ^ Ron Wynn. "Outta Season - Ike & Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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