Ray Charles performs “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Live at Montreux 1997.

The song it was a total success, reaching # 1 on the charts of: U.S. Billboard R&B Singles, US Adult Contemporary, US Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart and Australian Singles Chart. The song was included on Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (ABC-Paramount Records).

YouTube Ray Charles Channel
YouTube Ray Charles Channel

I Can’t Stop Loving You

“I Can’t Stop Loving You”, song first written and recorded by Don Gibson, for the RCA Victor label, on December 3, 1957, and was released in late 1957. At the time of Gibson’s death in 2003, the song had been recorded by more than 700 artists, is one of the most versioned songs.

Single cover Ray Charles ( ABC- Paramount 1962 )
Single cover Ray Charles ( ABC- Paramount 1962 )

Ray Charles recorded it on February 15, 1962, for the ABC-Paramount label, at United Recording, Hollywood, California. In the same session, “Born To Lose” was also recorded. With the production of Sid Feller, the song was released in April 1962, it was a total success, reaching # 1 on the charts of: U.S. Billboard R&B Singles, US Adult Contemporary, US Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart and Australian Singles Chart.

The song was included on Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (ABC-Paramount Records). Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music was released in April 1962 and quickly became one of the best-selling albums recorded by a black musician of the time, as well as one of the best-selling country albums, shipping at least 500,000 copies on its first three months of launch. This achievement was due in part to the major promotional efforts Modern Sounds had received from ABC before and after launch. The album also proved to be a crossover success, as distributors claimed the album had been sold in the pop, R&B, and country music markets; at that time, often referred to as black and white markets during the period.



Single cover Don Gibson ( RCA 1957 )
Single cover Don Gibson ( RCA 1957 )

Some versions:

Kitty Wells 1958 (Decca)
Tommy Zang 1960 (Hickory Records)
Roy Orbison 1960 (Monument)
Rex Allen 1961 (Buena Vista Records)
Hank Locklin 1962 (RCA)
Rick Nelson 1962 (Imperial)
Webb Pierce 1963 (Decca)
Anita Bryant 1963 (Columbia)
Johnny Tillotson 1963 (MGM)
Steve Lawrence 1963 (Columbia)

And many more ……

 





Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You Lyrics

[Chorus]
(I can’t stop loving you)
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 yesterdays
(Dreams of yesterday)

[Verse 1]
Those happy hours that we once knew
Though 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

[Chorus]
(I can’t stop loving you)
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 yesterdays

[Verse 2]
(Those happy hours) Those happy hours
(That we once knew) That we once knew
(Though long ago) Though long ago
(They still make me blue) They still make 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
[Chorus]



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

Single Ray Charles ( ABC- Paramount 1962 )
Single Ray Charles ( ABC- Paramount 1962 )

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