I Can't Stop Loving You

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"I Can't Stop Loving You"
I Can't Stop Loving You - single cover.jpg
Single by Don Gibson
from the album Oh Lonesome Me
Released 1958
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded December 30, 1957
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Don Gibson singles chronology
""Oh Lonesome Me"
(1958)
"I Can't Stop Loving You" "Blue Blue Day"
(1958)
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
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Single by Ray Charles
from the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
B-side "Born to Lose"
Released 1962
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded February 15, 1962
United Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, country soul
Length 2:37 (single version)
4:12 (album version)
Label ABC-Paramount 45-10330
Writer(s) Don Gibson[1]
Producer(s) Sid Feller[1]
Certification Gold
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Hit the Road Jack"
(1961)
"I Can't Stop Loving You" "Born to Lose"
(1962)
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"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single.

Ray Charles single[edit]

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for five weeks. This version went to number one on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.[2][3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1962.[4] Charles reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1962, staying for two weeks.[5]

The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final chorus: "Sing the Song, Children". Choral backing was provided by The Randy Van Horne Singers. It was ranked No. 164 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and No. 49 on CMT's "100 Greatest Songs in Country Music".

Chart performance[edit]

Don Gibson[edit]

Note: This original recording was released as "I Can't Stop Lovin' You".[6]

Chart (1958) Peak
position
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 81

Kitty Wells version[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 3

Ray Charles version[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 1
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
Australian Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 4

Other notable versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many other artists. Some recordings are titled as "I Can't Stop Lovin' You" (with or without an apostrophe).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 66. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 113. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 52. 
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1962
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 139. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "45cat Image". 
  7. ^ "Don Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Don Gibson.
  8. ^ "Don Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Don Gibson.
  9. ^ "Kitty Wells – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kitty Wells.
  10. ^ "Ray Charles – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ray Charles.
  11. ^ "Ray Charles – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Ray Charles.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361. 

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Preceded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
number one single (Ray Charles)

June 2-June 30, 1962
Succeeded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose
Preceded by
"Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (Ray Charles)
May 26, 1962 – July 28, 1962
Succeeded by
"You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn
Preceded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
by Ray Charles

June 9, 1962
(five weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose
Preceded by
"Come Outside"
by Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard
UK number one single (Ray Charles version)
July 12, 1962 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Remember You" by Frank Ifield
Preceded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"I Ain't Never"
by Mel Tillis
Preceded by
"Woman (Sensuous Woman)"
by Don Gibson
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 16-September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James