Till I Can't Take It Anymore

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"Till I Can't Take It Anymore"
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Tell It Like It Is
B-side "He Don't Know"
Released September 30, 1989
Genre Country
Length 3:58
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Clyde Otis, Ulysses Burton
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"Love Has No Right"
"Till I Can't Take It Anymore"
"Searchin' for Some Kind of Clue"
"Love Has No Right"
"Till I Can't Take It Anymore"
"Searchin' for Some Kind of Clue"

"Till I Can't Take It Anymore" is a song written by Clyde Otis and Ulysses Burton. It was first recorded by Ben E King in 1968. The song was featured in The Soul Clan self-titled album "The Soul Clan". Dottie West and Don Gibson version charted at 46 on the Hot Country Songs in 1970.[1] Since then, it has also charted as a single by Andra Willis, whose version went to number 85 on the same chart in 1973.[2] Pal Rakes's version went to number 31 in 1977.[3]

The highest-charting rendition of the song was by Billy Joe Royal, released in September 1989 from the album Tell It Like It Is. His version of the song peaked at number two on the country charts in early 1990, making for his second single to reach that position.[4]

In 2004, The Beautiful South included a faster tempo version of the song on their covers album, Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs. Other artists who have also previously recorded this song include Clarence Carter, Ray Charles, Jimmy James, Tom Jones, Charlie Rich, and Don Williams.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 76
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 43


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 455. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 469
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 338
  4. ^ Whitburn, p. 364
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6680." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 27, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Billy Joe Royal – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Joe Royal.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.