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"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
B-side "Born to Lose"
Released 1962
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded February 15, 1962
United Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, country soul
Length 2:37
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer Ray Charles, Sid Feller
Certification Gold
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Hit the Road Jack"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Born to Lose"
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"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Single by Van Morrison
from the album Hymns to the Silence
A-side "I Can't Stop Loving You"
B-side "All Saints Day"
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 3:54
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Why Must I Always Explain?"
Hymns to the Silence track listing
"So Complicated"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Why Must I Always Explain?"

"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 100 in 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.

Other cover versions

  • Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song; her rendition can be found on some of her old recordings, and can be downloaded.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a blues version of the song in 1969. However, when he returned to it in 1979, it took the form of country balladry, a la Gibson's original.
  • Martina McBride performed the song in Charles's style at a Grand Ole Opry tribute to him that originally aired on Great American Country TV on June 3, 2006.
  • In addition to the covers by Lewis and McBride, many other country singers either covered or have had success with the song. The two most successful covers were by Kitty Wells (No. 3 in 1958 on the Billboard magazine country chart and Conway Twitty (who reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in September 1972).
  • Connie Francis recorded the song on her MGM album "Country Music Connie Style" in 1962.
  • Count Basie's 1963 instrumental version hit the Billboard Top 100.
  • Japan's Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band covered this song on their 2000 album, My Favorite, as an arrangement for a Latin Jazz Big Band.
  • The Ray Charles version appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 Japanese anime movie Metropolis where it was used instead of sound effects in the film's final scene.
Preceded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
number one single (Ray Charles)

June 2-June 30, 1962
Succeeded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose
Preceded by
"Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (Ray Charles)
May 26, 1962 – July 28, 1962
Succeeded by
"You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn
Preceded by
"Come Outside"
by Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard
UK number one single (Ray Charles version)
July 12-July 19, 1962
Succeeded by
"I Remember You" by Frank Ifield
Preceded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"I Ain't Never"
by Mel Tillis
Preceded by
"Woman (Sensuous Woman)"
by Don Gibson
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 16-September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James


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