“Have You Ever Loved a Woman” is a blues song written by Billy Myles and first recorded by American blues artist Freddie King in 1961. The song is performed as a slow blues with King’s vocal and guitar accompanied by a small combo of pianist Sonny Thompson, bassist Bill Willis, and drummer Phillip Paul.
When it was released by Federal Records in 1961, only the B-side to King’s single, “You’ve Got to Love Her with a Feeling” reached the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The song was included on King’s first album, Freddy King Sings, also issued by Federal in 1961.
Several versions of “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” were subsequently recorded by English guitarist-singer Eric Clapton. The first was a live rendition in November 1965 when he was a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Clapton then recorded a studio version with his band Derek and the Dominos for their 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Later live recordings of the song appear on E. C. Was Here, Just One Night (as a medley with Ramblin’ on My Mind), 24 Nights, Live In Hyde Park, One More Car, One More Rider and Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004.
Freddie King’s brother and bandmate, Benny Turner, also recorded this song and it appears on his 2017 release My Brother’s Blues – a tribute to Freddie.
The Graham Bond Organization recorded a “Have Your Ever Loved a Woman” with somewhat different lyrics for their second album, There’s a Bond Between Us. The album, released in 1965, lists Bond as the songwriter.