Treat Her Right

Roy Head

About Treat Her Right

"Treat Her Right" is a soul music song, with a standard twelve-bar-blues structure. Written by Roy Head and Gene Kurtz, it was recorded by Head and The Traits and released on the Back Beat label in 1965. The song reached number two in the United States on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts. The Beatles' "Yesterday" kept "Treat Her Right" from the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Members of the Traits on this record included Johnny Clark on lead guitar, Frank Miller on rhythm guitar, Gene Kurtz on bass, Dan Buie on keyboards, Danny Gomez and Tommy May on tenor sax, Johnny Gibson on trumpet, and Jerry Gibson on drums. In 1965 the band signed with producer Huey Meaux of Houston, who maintained a stable of record labels. "Treat Her Right" was recorded at Gold Star Studios (later known as SugarHill Recording Studios) in Houston. Issued on Don Robey's (Nov. 1, 1903 - June 16, 1975) Back Beat label, it reached #2 on both the U. S. Pop and R&B charts in 1965, behind The Beatles' "Yesterday. "Treat Her Right", with its blazing horns and punchy rhythm, credited to Head and bass man Gene Kurtz, established Head as a prime exponent of blue-eyed soul. By 1995 "Treat Her Right" had been covered by as many as 20 nationally known recording artists including the Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bon Jovi, British blue-eyed soul vocalist Chris Farlowe (under the title "Treat Her Good") and both Mae West and Barbara Mandrell under the title of "Treat Him Right". Even Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tom Jones covered it "live." 


Year:
1986
3:02
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I wanna tell you a story
      Every man oughta know
      If you want a little lovin
      You gotta start real slow
      She's gonna love you tonight now
      If you just treat her right now

      Squeeze her real gentle
      Gotta make her feel good
      Tell her that you love her
      Like you know you should
      So if you don't treat her right
      She won't love you tonight

      If you practice my method
      Just as hard as you can
      You're gonna get a reputation
      As a lovin man
      And you'll be glad every night
      That you treated her right

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Roy Head

Roy Head (born January 9, 1943 Three Rivers, Texas) is an American singer, best known for his hit "Treat Her Right." more »

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Written by: Gene Kurtz, Roy Kent Head

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