♫ I Can’t Stop Loving You ♫

I picked a song for tonight, but then I found that there were two artists (Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross) who had done it, both very nicely, both unique, and I would play both here if I did that song.  However, tonight I’m tired and I really don’t feel up to the extra work, so I shall save Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for another night.  Meanwhile, they say that “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, To soften rocks or bend a knotted oak”, and there is just nobody quite like Ray Charles to soothe that beast, soften those rocks, or bend that oak.

This song was written and originally recorded by a country singer named Don Gibson in 1958.  Ray Charles was known as an R&B singer, but he defied convention and decided to record an album of country and western songs. His producer, Sid Feller, put together tapes containing about 150 classic country songs so Charles could choose which ones to record. Included on the tapes was I Can’t Stop Loving You, which Charles remembered from when he would listen to The Grand Ole Opry.  Funny, but I never thought of this as a country song … I always thought of it as uniquely Ray Charles, but it turns out that some 700 others have covered this song!  The 700 includes Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Jim Reeves, Duke Ellington, Ike & Tina Turner, Andy Williams, Elvis Presley, and a bunch more!

According to SongFacts …

At first, this was not released as a single, but many DJs played it from the album and it started getting popular. A white singer named Tab Hunter heard Charles’ version and recorded his own, which was rushed out as a single. This infuriated Charles, so ABC Records quickly edited down the 4-minute album version and released it as a single with lots of publicity, including a full page ad in Billboard magazine. Charles’ version became a huge hit and went to #1 on the US Pop, R&B and Easy Listening charts.

I Can’t Stop Loving You
Ray Charles

I’ve made up my mind
To live in memory of the lonesome times
(I can’t stop wanting you)
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Dreams of yesterday)

Those happy hours that we once knew
Tho’ long ago, they still make me blue
They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we’ve been apart

I’ve made up my mind
To live in memories of the lonesome times
(I can’t stop wanting you)
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life in dreams of yesterday

Those happy hours
(That we once knew)
That we once knew
(Tho’ long ago)
Tho’ long ago
(Still make me blue)
Still ma-a-a-ake me blue
(They say that time)
They say that time
(Heals a broken heart)
Heals a broken heart
(But time has stood still)
Time has stood still
(Since we’ve been apart)
Since we’ve been apart

I said I made up my mind
To live in memory of the lonesome times

It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life of dreams of yesterday
(Of yesterday)

Songwriters: Don Gibson
I Can’t Stop Loving You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

13 thoughts on “♫ I Can’t Stop Loving You ♫

  1. I remember when Don Gibson put this out in the 50s. My oldest brothers and sister were all C&W fans. There was no such thing as “Soul” yet, not as a type of music, and Gibson did a good job on it. (Nothing like today’s C&W!)
    But when Ray Charles covered it in 1962, he changed the feeling. He made it about forever!

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  2. An oldie but goodie! It could bring back bitter sweet memories… if I’d let it. But I won’t… well, not really. I’ll have a glass of white wine, alone, and as Devid suggests, turn the lights down low and maybe, for the effect, not that I need the heat this time of year, turn on the gas fireplace and “turn the juke box way down low…” (So I mix in a little Jim Reeves…) How do you do it, Jill? I’m not supposed to have these feelings at my age now, surely!

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    • Awww … I’m sorry if I stirred up bittersweet memories … but no, I’m not sorry … those memories are the pieces of our lives and well worth remembering. My friend … we are old, but we are not dead! We still have those feelings! I forget I am old until I pass in front of a mirror and … GASP … WHO is that old hag and what is she doing in my home??? Half the joy of getting old is that we can have those feelings without any guilt!


  3. I had no idea this song had been covered by so many artists! I do enjoy how Ray Charles personalize this song with his fabulous singing. The way he sings it sounds like folksy R&B, a bit old timey, very classy. funny, I can’t imagine anyone else singing this song. In any case, luv it!

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  4. This is the man at his absolute best. He owns the song, no matter whose had it before it’s his now.Best listened to with the light off but a log fire burning nicely close by..Maybe your arm is around the shoulders of your other half and you swing them in for aa smouldering kiss,,,,,damn, the carpet’s on fire again.

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    • Y’know … I really didn’t know if you would like this one, as it is considered ‘Country’, and I know that is not one of your favourite genres, but … it IS Ray Charles, after all, so I thought just maybe you would like it. I’m so glad you did! Stomp out that fire, man! 😉

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