I Can't Let Go

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"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"
"I Can't Let Go"
"Bus Stop"

"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 song was co-written by Chip Taylor, who also wrote "Wild Thing". "I Can't Let Go" was a cover of blue-eyed soul singer Evie Sands' version on George Goldner's Blue Cat label, which was popular in New York City in 1965. 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] Linda Ronstadt released a successful version in 1980 from her platinum-certified album, Mad Love. The disc's third single, it reached number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Les Fradkin covered the song on his 2006 album, Goin' Back.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
Germany (Media Control Charts)[2] 30
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 20
Norway (VG-lista)[4] 2
United Kingdom (Record Retailer) 2[5]
United Kingdom (NME) 1[6]
United States (Billboard Hot 100) 42[7]


  1. ^ The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205. 
  2. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Hollies, The > I Can't Let Go – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Hollies – I Can't Let Go" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – I Can't Let Go". VG-lista.
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Hollies". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 165. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( The Hollies > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 

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