Soul vocalist Otis Redding co-wrote the song “Hard to Handle” and released it as a “B” side to the single “Amen” in 1968.
The aggressive, percussive delivery Otis sings with was copied almost exactly by the Black Crowes on their 1990 release Shake Your Money Maker.
It was a hit for the rock band, but Otis still does it best.
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