You Can Leave Your Hat On

"You Can Leave Your Hat On" is a song written by Randy Newman and appearing on his 1972 album Sail Away.

"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
Song by Randy Newman
from the album Sail Away
ReleasedMay 15, 1972 (1972-05-15)
Songwriter(s)Randy Newman[1]
Producer(s)Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman[1]

According to a retrospective AllMusic review by Mark Deming, the song is a "potent mid-tempo rock tune" and a "witty and willfully perverse bit of erotic absurdity".[2] Newman later admitted the song was, "too low for me to sing it. I can't rock it too hard, which maybe I should have...or maybe not."[3]

Joe Cocker's versionEdit

"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
Front cover of the single released in Australia with a photograph from the film 9½ Weeks.[4]
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Cocker
  • depending on country:
  • "Shelter Me"
  • "Don't You Love Me Anymore"
  • "Long Drag off a Cigarette"
  • "Put out the Light"
ReleasedJuly 3, 1986 (1986-07-03)
GenreBlues rock, R&B
Songwriter(s)Randy Newman
Producer(s)Richie Zito[5]
Joe Cocker singles chronology
"Don't You Love Me Anymore"
"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
"Heart of the Matter"

Joe Cocker recorded "You Can Leave Your Hat On" for his 1986 album Cocker. Released as a single, Cocker's version peaked at #35 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks,[7] and it was featured in the 1986 Adrian Lyne film 9½ Weeks during the striptease scene. It was also a popular single in Australia (where the film was immensely popular), reaching Number 23.

A music video was released which featured footage of the striptease scene from 9½ Weeks and scenes with Cocker and his band performing the song. In some countries, the song itself is considered a striptease anthem, and still being used by strippers.


Other cover versionsEdit

Etta James covered the song in a 1974 single, published by Chess Records and produced by Gabriel Mekler.

Merl Saunders and Aunt Monk covered it in 1976 on their album You Can Leave Your Hat On. Here for the first time that specific brass arrangement was used which also Joe Cocker used in his much more successful cover 10 years later.

Tom Jones covered the song for the soundtrack of the 1997 British film The Full Monty and is included in the subsequent 2013 play of the same name. As a medley with Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing and Donna Summer's Hot Stuff, the track reached Number 62 in the UK Charts in 1998, under the title The Full Monty - Monster Mix. [8] [9]

American country music singer Ty Herndon covered the song on his 1999 album, Steam. Herndon's version reached #72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart from unsolicited airplay and was included on his 2002 compilation, This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits.

Others artists to cover the song include Jerry Garcia Band, Michael Grimm, Bill Wyman, Dan Reed Network, Three Dog Night, and Jess Roden.


  1. ^ a b c "Randy Newman – Sail Away (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Sail Away – Randy Newman". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Lydia Hutchinson. "Happy Birthday, Randy Newman". Performing Songwriter.
  4. ^ "Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Cocker – Cocker (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On". Discogs. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "Joe Cocker – Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
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