Conway Twitty performs “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Live On Hee Haw 1973.

The song reached the number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, for a week, and remained in the charts for 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, I also reached number # 1, for two consecutive weeks.

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I Can’t Stop Loving You:

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

“I Can not Stop Loving You”, song written and recorded for the first time by Don Gibson for the label RCA in 1957, as face b of his great success, Oh lonesome me. Over time, the “B” side of “Oh Lonesome Me” far surpassed the achievements of the “A” side. “I can not stop loving you”, emerged from a conscious attempt to write a ballad of lost love. After making a first draft, Gibson reviewed his work and a particular line was highlighted. Using that phrase as a title, he began again and “I can not stop loving you” became his most recorded composition and one of the most enduring classics of all music.

Conway recorded his version for the Decca label, on May 22, 1972, Bradley’s Barn, Bender’s Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, TN, with the production of Owen Bradley, the single was released in July 1972, September 23, 1972, reached the number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, for a week, and remained in the charts for 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, I also reached number # 1, on September 16, 1972, for two consecutive weeks. It would be the tenth number one in Conway’s career.

Lp cover Conway Twitty ( Decca 1972 )
Lp cover Conway Twitty ( Decca 1972 )

 

The song was included in the studio album of the same name, I Can not Stop Loving You / (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date (Decca 1972), it would be their twenty-fourth studio album, was released in the summer of 1972, and on November 11, 1972, it reached number # 3 on the US Top Country Albums charts.
Story behind the song:

 

On a winter afternoon in 1957, Don Gibson spent the day writing songs in his trailer along the Clinton Expressway in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gibson simply sat on the couch, singing the lyrics on his tape recorder while composing them, and two of the songs created that day are still standing almost sixty years later, two of his biggest hits, Oh lonesome me and I can not stop loving you.

While Gibson’s version won airplay and reached # 7 (rare for one side “B”), Kitty Wells simultaneously brought the song to # 3 on the Billboard countries list. Four years later, pop and jazz artist Ray Charles presented “I Can not Stop Loving You” to a worldwide audience, earning a number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Conway Twitty doubled that feat in country music when he released the song ten years after Charles’s version.
Conway’s version had developed its own arrangement of what the crowds loved. Twitty had a unique way of making old songs and making them look new and fresh.

This song by Don Gibson, has been a great success of all times being versioned more than 250 times.

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

Some versions:
Kitty Wells 1958 (Decca)
Roy Orbison 1960 (Monument)
Warren Smith 1961 (Liberty)
Hank Locklin 1961 (RCA)
Ray Charles 1962 (ABC Paramount)
Webb Pierce 1963 (Decca)
Ferlin Husky 1963 (Capitol)
Faron Young 1964 (Mercury)
Jim Reeves 1965 (RCA)
Van Morrison 1991 (Epic)
up to more than 250 versions ………….

Conway Twitty – I Can’t Stop Loving You Lyrics

I can’t stop loving you so I made up my mind
To live in memories of old lonesome times.
I can’t stop wanting you, it’s useless to say
So I just live my life in dreams of yesterday.

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

I can’t stop love you, so I made up my mind
To live in memories of old lonesome times.
I can’t stop wanting you, it’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life in dreams of yesterday.

Single Conway Twitty ( Decca 1972 )
Single Conway Twitty ( Decca 1972 )

Miquel Batlle
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