"I Can’t Stop Loving You" Performed by Ray Charles (1962)

August 11, 2008

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45 RPM Version

The Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording 1962 was awarded to  “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” Ray Charles on ABC Records. This was 5th R&B Grammy presented since 1958 and the 3rd won by Charles.

“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.

The song was also recorded by Ray Charles in 1962 and released from Charles’ groundbreaking Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music album. The Ray Charles cover version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100in 1962, as well as the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts and ranked #161 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #49 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music. (SOURCE)

This CD is one of the favorites in my personal music collection. Every song is a gem and apparently the entire US of A thought so too because it remained on the Billboard pop album chart for nearly two years and spent 14 weeks in the number 14 position!

Initially, Brother Ray did not want any singles released from the LP as he wanted it to stand on it’s own as a collection.  But then Tab Hunter covered “ICSLY” using Charles’ arrangement  so Ray put his version out:  of course as soon as it was sent out to radio stations Tab Hunter’s cover was old news. (LOL)

Please enjoy this later live version of Ray Charles performing “ICSLY” with his Raylettes. I prefer to hear the Raylettes backing more so than the choir backing on the original version.  I have heard the Raylettes do a few different backing arrangements, but the one I have shared here is the one I prefer.

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