“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
and Jerry Butler. 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. 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”.
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