I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)



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"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Single by Otis Redding
B-side"I'm Depending on You"
ReleasedApril 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
LabelVolt (V-126)
Writer(s)Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
Producer(s)Steve Cropper
Otis Redding singles chronology

"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.[1] The song reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.[3]


  • 1 Background and composition
  • 2 Recording and personnel
  • 3 Johnny Diesel version
    • 3.1 Track listing
  • 4 Other versions
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Background and composition

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.

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]

Recording and personnel

  • 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

Johnny Diesel version

"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-sideCome to Me
Released29 November 1993[4]
FormatCD single
LabelEMI Records
Writer(s)Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
Producer(s)Diesel, Don Gehman
Johnny Diesel singles chronology

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.[5][6]

Track listing

  1. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  2. "Come to Me"

Other versions

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.[7] Returning the compliment, Redding covered the Rolling Stones song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

James & Bobby Purify released a version of the song on their 1967 album, James & Bobby Purify.[8]

Ike & Tina Turner released a version of the song in 1968.[9] It was the lead track from their 1968 Blue Thumb album, Outta Season.[10] 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.[11]


  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 Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. pp. 344, 418. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  4. ^ "ARIA New Releases 29 November 1993". Ariacharts.com.au. 29 November 1993. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "JOHNNY DIESEL I've Been Loving You Too Long (SONG)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "I've Been Loving You Too Long". Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Richie Unterberger (1966-11-04). "Got Live If You Want It! - The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ "James & Bobby Purify, James & Bobby Purify". Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "I've Been Loving You Too Long - Ike Turner,Ike & Tina Turner,Tina Turner | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  10. ^ Ron Wynn. "Outta Season - Ike & Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Ike & Tina, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" Chart Positions". Retrieved January 24, 2017. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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