Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ray Charles--I Can't Stop Loving You (1962)

      By 1962, Ray Charles was on top of him game commercially. After basically inventing soul music in the 1950's with Atlantic Records, he moved to ABC-Paramount in 1959 and began a streak of songs that became signature for him. "Georgia on my Mind" began the streak in 1960, then "Hit the Road Jack" in 1961 (The movie "Ray" gives the impression that he wrote that 'Jack', but it was actually written by songwriter Percy Mayfield). He wanted to move in a more country direction and with, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music", not only showed his brilliance, but also brought an audience to the music as well.

     "I Can't Stop Loving You" was written by Don Gibson and recorded in December of 1957 as a B-side to "Oh, Lonesome Me", which garnered him  a two sided country hit. This clip is from 1969...


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