I Can't Let Go

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For the 2013 song, see I Can't Let Go (Smash song).
"I Can't Let Go"
Single by The Hollies
B-side UK: "Running Through the Night" (Ransford)
US: "I've Got A Way Of My Own"
Released 18 February 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded 13 January 1966
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Pop music, beat music
Length 2:26
Label UK: Parlophone R5409
US: Imperial 66158
Writer(s) Chip Taylor; Al Gorgoni
Producer(s) Ron Richards
The Hollies singles chronology
"If I Needed Someone"
(1965)
"I Can't Let Go"
(1966)
"Bus Stop"
(1966)

"I Can't Let Go" is a song co-written by Al Gorgoni and Chip Taylor, who also wrote "Wild Thing". "I Can't Let Go" was originally recorded by blue-eyed soul singer Evie Sands' on George Goldner's Blue Cat label, which was popular in New York City in 1965.

The Hollies version[edit]

"I Can't Let Go" is The Hollies' first 1966 single, and their last with original bassist Eric Haydock. It peaked at number two in the UK and number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The Hollies' version was praised by Paul McCartney, who thought Graham Nash's soaring tenor in the chorus was a trumpet. After "I Can't Let Go" was recorded Haydock was replaced by Bernie Calvert, who played on the band's next single ("Bus Stop").[1]