First recorded by the Original Off-Broadway Cast of Hair (1967).
Also recorded by the Original Broadway Cast of Hair (1968), Jennifer Warnes (US #128 1969).
Hit version by Three Dog Night (US #4/CAN #2 1969).
From the wiki: “‘Easy to Be Hard’ was written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni, and was first performed in the original Off-Broadway stage production of Hair in 1967.
“In 1968, Jennifer Warnes (performing as ‘Jennifer Warren’) portrayed the female lead in the Los Angeles production of Hair. Coincidental to that, she recorded a version of ‘Easy to be Hard’ in 1969 for release in the UK (along with another song property from Hair, ‘Let the Sunshine In’). The American label Parrot licensed the recording for distribution in the US on Warne’s 1969 album, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me.
“Three Dog Night also released ‘Easy to be Hard’ in 1969, with their recording reaching the US Top 5.”
The Original Broadway Cast of Hair, “Easy to be Hard” (1968):
Jennifer Warnes, “Easy to be Hard” TV performance from The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour (1969):
Three Dog Night, “Easy to be Hard” (1969):