You Can Leave Your Hat On

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"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
Song by Randy Newman from the album Sail Away
Released May 1972 (1972-05)
Genre Rock
Length 3:18
Label Reprise[1]
Writer Randy Newman[1]
Producer Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman[1]
Sail Away track listing
"Dayton, Ohio – 1903"
"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
"God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)"

"You Can Leave Your Hat On" is a song written by Randy Newman and appearing on his 1972 album Sail Away.

According to an Allmusic review by Mark Deming, the song is "a potent mid-tempo rock tune" and "a witty and willfully perverse bit of erotic absurdity".[2]

Joe Cocker version[edit]

"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
Front cover of the single released in Australia with a photograph from the film 9½ Weeks.[3]
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Cocker
B-side depending on country:
"Shelter Me"
"Don't You Love Me Anymore"
"Long Drag off a Cigarette"
"Put out the Light"
Released July 1986 (1986-07)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD[4]
Length 4:14
Label EMI
Writer(s) Randy Newman
Producer(s) Richie Zito[5]
Joe Cocker singles chronology
"Don't You Love Me Anymore"
"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
"Heart of the Matter"

Joe Cocker recorded "You Can Leave Your Hat On" for his 1986 album Cocker. Released as a single, Cocker's version peaked at #35 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks,[6] and it was featured in the 1986 Adrian Lyne film 9½ Weeks during the striptease scene.

A music video was released which featured footage of the striptease scene from 9½ Weeks and scenes with Cocker and his band performing the song. In some countries, the song itself is considered a strip tease anthem, as being still used by strippers.


Other cover versions[edit]

Etta James covered the song in a 1974 single, published by Chess Records and produced by Gabriel Mekler.

Jerry Garcia Band covered it in 1974

Three Dog Night covered the song on their 1975 album, Coming Down Your Way.

Tom Jones covered the song for the soundtrack of the 1997 British film The Full Monty and is included in the subsequent 2013 play of the same name.

American country music singer Ty Herndon covered the song on his 1999 album, Steam. Herndon's version reached #72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart from unsolicited airplay and was included on his 2002 compilation, This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits.

Michael Grimm covers the song on his album Leave Your Hat On from 2010.


  1. ^ a b c "Randy Newman – Sail Away (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Sail Away – Randy Newman". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Joe Cocker – Cocker (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Joe Cocker – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 

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