I’ve Been Loving You Too Long is a cover version from Otis Reeding and was taken from the album Outta Season. The single was released twice in America, with different b-sides. Ike & Tina’s version differs from the original, because they added an additional section with an explicit conversation between Tina & Ike. In their live shows, Tina handled the microphone in a raunchy way, while Ike made suggestive slurping noises. In Gimme Shelter, a concert film of The Rolling Stones, Ike & Tina performed this song at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Released April 1969 and July 1971 from Blue Thumb Records in America on 7“ vinyl, I’ve Been Loving You Too Long reached #23 (R&B) and #68 (Pop).

Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Single

single 1969

A. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long 3:55

Written by Otis Redding, J. Butler / Produced by Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner

B. Grumbling (Instrumental) 2:39

Written by Ike Turner / Produced by Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner / Arranged by Ike Turner

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single 1971

A. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long 3:55

Written by Otis Redding, J. Butler / Produced by Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner

B. Crazy Bout’ You Baby 3:24

Written by W. Williamson / Produced by Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner / Arranged by Ike Turner

Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Promo

Billboard Magazine
April 19, 1969

Culledfrom their current hit LP "Outta Season," by popular demand, this wild and raucous swinger with a hard driving slow beat is certain to climb high on the Hot 100 as well as a top r&b item. Watch out For this one! Flip: „Grumbling“ (Rococco, BMI). Blue Thumb 101 

Billboard Magazine
July 10, 1971

From the "Outta Season" LP, comes this potent cut of the Otis Redding blues ballad featured by the Turners in the Rolling Stones flick "Gimme Shelter." Blue Thumb 202