Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is an R&B hit love ballad of the '60s that has lost none of its soulful power with the passing decades. Redding's success with the single was second only to that of his ever-popular classic "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." He co-wrote the song in 1965 with Chicago soul singer Jerry Butler and recorded it for release on 1966's Otis Blue. Although the song has been covered many times in the decades since, and was even revived for a Top 25 R&B hit by Ike & Tina Turner in mid-1969, Otis Redding remains the definitive singer of "I've Been Loving You Too Long." His gritty vocals and heart-wrenched delivery in this soulful tune add intimacy to the song's universal theme: it's the plea of a lover to the loved one who's leaving. Redding's extended (almost twice as long) live performance of the song at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, just months before his death, is regarded by many as Redding's best recording of "I've Been Loving You Too Long." This particular take features Redding in prime impassioned form, with added bonuses of Redding urging the band to repeat the chorus "one more time" quickly answered by brass section punches, as well as Redding's all-out, energetic, and inspired performance of one of his greatest songs.