I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
Otis Redding
Redding Otis 1965 Ive Been Loving You 45

You were tied, and you want to be free
My love is growing stronger, as you become a habit to me
Ooh, been loving you too long
I don’t wanna stop now, oh

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965
  • peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart in 1965
  • from the album Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
  • on the record:
       Otis Redding- vocals
       Steve Cropper- guitar
       Donald Dunn- bass
       Booker T. Jones- keyboards
       Al Jackson, Jr.- drums
       Sammy Coleman- trumpet
       Charles Axton- tenor saxophone
       Floyd Newman- baritone saxophone
  • the first Top 40 hit for Redding
  • ranks #111 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • written by Otis Redding, Jerry Butler; Redding and Butler reportedly wrote the song in a hotel room in Buffalo, New York
  • recorded April 19, 1965 at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, TN
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