I Can't Turn Around

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"I Can't Turn Around"
Single by J.M. Silk
from the album
Hold on to Your Dream
B-side Remix
Released December 1986
Format 7" Single
12" Maxi
Recorded 1986
Genre Chicago house
Length 3:57
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Isaac Hayes
Steve "Silk" Hurley chronology
"Shadows of Your Love"
"I Can't Turn Around"
"Jack Your Body"

"I Can't Turn Around" is a song written and originally performed by Isaac Hayes as the lead single from his 1975 album Chocolate Chip.

In 1986, a house music cover of the song by J.M. Silk reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart[1] with lead vocals performed by Keith Nunnally. The single was the only US dance number one for J.M. Silk, and the title would not place on any other US chart. It did, however, enter the UK singles chart in October 1986, peaking at number sixty-two.[2] Though it was strongly outsold there by Farley "Jackmaster" Funk's reworked version of the song, entitled "Love Can't Turn Around", which copied elements of the Steve "Silk" Hurley's arrangement but with new lyrics, peaking at number ten in UK Top 75[3] (number fifteen on the US Dance).[4]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • "I Can't Turn Around (LP Version)" - 3:57
  • "I Can't Turn Around (House Mix)" - 7:35
  • "I Can't Turn Around (Radio Mix)" - 3:23
  • "I Can't Turn Around (House of Trix Mix)" - 8:59
  • "I Can't Turn Around (Insane Mix)" - 4:08

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 62
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 9

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Leave Me This Way"
by The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris
U.S. Billboard
Hot Dance Club Play number-one single

29 November 1986
Succeeded by
"Brand New Lover"
by Dead or Alive

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