I've Been Loving You Too Long

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"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Single by Otis Redding
from the album Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
B-side"I'm Depending on You"
ReleasedApril 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded1965
GenreSoul
Length2:49
LabelVolt (V-126)
Songwriter(s)Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
Producer(s)Steve Cropper
Otis Redding singles chronology
"Mr. Pitiful"
(1965)
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
(1965)
"Respect"
(1965)

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" (originally "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)") is a soul music ballad written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler.[1] Considered by music critics and writers to be one of Redding's finest performances and a soul classic, it is a slow, emotional piece with Redding's pleading vocals backed by producer Steve Cropper's arpeggiated guitar parts and a horn section.[2]

Redding recorded the song in 1965 and when released as a single in April 1965, became his second best selling single. The song was subsequently included on his third album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965).[1] The song reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.[3]

Background and composition[edit]

Songs by Redding appeared in the U.S. Billboard pop and R&B charts as early as 1962, but "I've Been Loving You Too Long" became his biggest hit upon its release.[3]

Although the tempo is exactly the same, two versions of the song have been recorded in 1965, one lasts 2'50 and the second one is 3'10 long (in the original LP version), i.e. w/ an extra verse. Booker T. Jones plays piano on one version while Isaac Hayes is on the other.[4]

Recording and personnel[edit]

Ike & Tina Turner version[edit]

"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Single by Ike & Tina Turner
from the album Outta Season
B-side"Grumbling"
ReleasedApril 1969
Format7-inch 45 rpm
GenreSoul, R&B
Length3:40
LabelBlue Thumb
Songwriter(s)Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
Producer(s)Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Do All I Can (To Do Right by My Man)"
(1969)
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
(1969)
"I Wish It Would Rain"
(1969)

Ike & Tina Turner recorded the song for their 1969 album, Outta Season.[5][6] Produced by Tina Turner and Bob Krasnow, the single peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard R&B chart and number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] It was reissued in 1971 and reached number 56 on the Cash Box R&B chart.[8]

Live performances[edit]

The Turners can be seen performing the song at Madison Square Garden in the Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter (1970).[9] Their version differs from the original because they added an additional section with an explicit interaction. During their live performances, they simulated oral sex. Tina caressed the microphone and moaned while Ike made suggestive slurping noises. Prior to Tina, a former member of the Kings of Rhythm, Jimmy Thomas, would performed that song. In her autobiography I, Tina, she said:

Then when Jimmy left, I started singing the song, because it was a very good show song, and I started mimicking Jimmy, but putting my own female thing into it. I was really involved with that song in the beginning. Then I became bored with it, but Ike wouldn't let me stop. He started making those noises in the background, and it became really pornographic. Embarrassing. But the people loved it.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1969
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I’ve Been Loving You Too Long"Jerry Butler, Otis Redding3:40
2."Grumbling"Ike Turner2:35
1971
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I've Been Loving You Too Long"Jerry Butler, Otis Redding3:40
2."Crazy 'Bout You Baby"Sonny Boy Williamson3:45


Johnny Diesel version[edit]

"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
I've Been Loving You Too Long by Diesel.jpg
Single by Johnny Diesel
from the album The Lobbyist
B-side"Come to Me"
Released29 November 1993 [11]
FormatCD single
LabelEMI Records
Songwriter(s)Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
Producer(s)Diesel, Don Gehman
Johnny Diesel singles chronology
"Masterplan"
(1993)
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
(1993)
"Still Got a Long Way to Go"
(1994)

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.[12][13]

Track listing[edit]

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

Other versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Otis Redding
Chart Year Peak Position Ref.
Billboard Hot 100 1965 21 [3]
Billboard R&B 2
Ike & Tina Turner
Chart Year Peak Position Ref.
Billboard Hot 100 1969 68 [7]
Billboard R&B 23
Cash Box Top 100 91 [15]
Billboard Hot 100 1971 120 [16]
Cash Box R&B 56 [8]
Johnny Diesel
Chart Year Peak Position Ref.
Australia (ARIA) 1993 41 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Otis Redding: I've Been Loving You Too Long – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. pp. 344, 418. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 9780823076772.
  5. ^ "Cash Box Album Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box: 30. March 29, 1969.
  6. ^ Ron Wynn. "Outta Season - Ike & Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  7. ^ a b "Ike & Tina, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" Chart Positions". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Cash Box R&B Singles 8/14/71". CashBox magazine.
  9. ^ "Spotlight Singles: Special Merit Spotlight" (PDF). Billboard: 51. July 10, 1971.
  10. ^ Turner, Tina (1986). I, Tina : My Life Story. Loder, Kurt (1st ed.). New York: William Morrow and Company. pp. 122–123. ISBN 9780670808731.
  11. ^ "ARIA New Releases 29 November 1993". Ariacharts.com.au. 29 November 1993. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  12. ^ a b "JOHNNY DIESEL I've Been Loving You Too Long (SONG)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  13. ^ "I've Been Loving You Too Long". Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ Richie Unterberger (1966-11-04). "Got Live If You Want It! - The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  15. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 5/10/69". CashBox magazine.
  16. ^ "Bubbling Under The Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard: 51. July 31, 1971.

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