I Can't Let Go

Album: Greatest Hits (1966)
Charted: 2 42
  • This was written by Al Gorgoni and Chip Taylor. Taylor, who is actor Jon Voight's brother, went on to write "Wild Thing" for The Troggs.
  • This was originally recorded in 1965 by Brooklyn singer Evie Sands, but her version failed to register in the charts. The Hollies decided to cover the song after the British music publisher Dick James played it to the group's guitarist Tony Hicks.
  • Linda Ronstadt recorded this in 1980. Her version, which hit #31 in the US, is surprisingly true to the Hollies. She used double-tracking to duet with herself on the chorus with the counter melody. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ken - Louisville, KY

Comments: 10

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyHappy 68th Birthday to Linda Ronstadt (July 15th, 2014)...
    Half her lifetime ago on July 15th, 1980, on her 34th birthday, she made her stage debut; playing and singing the role of Mabel in 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park...
    And on this same day in 1980 she was at #38 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart with a covered version of the Hollies' "I Can't Let Go", eventually it would peak at #31 and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Bob from San Gabriel, CaThe original Evie Sands version is available on Rhino Records' "Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1" (along with a lot of other great songs). There's also Evie's 21st Century update--a live performance in 2006 with Adam Marsland's Chaos Band in the CD "Long Promised Road". The cut starts out with the distinctive bass line, that the Evie fans in the audience recognize immediately, and Adam introduces the song with "If any other band did this it would be a cover. Before Linda Ronstadt did it, before the Hollies did it, Evie Sands did it! And we think she ought to be able to sing her own song. Don't you?" And there's a big "Yeah!" from the audience (might have even been me) and Evie proceeds to show everyone that others may borrow the song, but she OWNS it!


  • Andoline from Pretoria, South AfricaJust a little point about the so -called cover of " If I Needed Someone"...At the time there were better songs around to record but The Hollies were flattered to be informed that George Harrison was writing a song "Specially For The Hollies"...Only after they've recorded and released it ,they learnt that The Beatles are releasing it too...Mr. Harrison then even went as far as to "bad mouth" The Hollies's version in the press...I prefer The Hollis version...And I love "I can't Let Go"...
  • Zal from Rochester, NyI love the 12-string guitar (probably a Rickenbacker), very reminiscent of the Beatles and Byrds (They covered If I Needed Someone", y'know).
    A real great song, one of the best.
  • Harold from San Bernadino, CaFrancis,NY-------i agree. in fact, i can't really decide which i like better---they're both great versions!
  • Francis from Long Island, NyRondstadt's version was fine all around!!!
    Just as much energy and feeling as The Hollies had with theirs. Just as strong too.
  • Steve from Westlake , Oh'I Can't Let Go' hit #42 in 1966 on the Billboard Charts. Paul McCartney was quoted as saying he thought Nash's 'Baby Plaease' tag on the chorus was a trumpet.
  • Mike from Streamwood, IlThis was the Hollies' best song!
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumWhen a song is a hit in the UK we also hear it in Belgium, it's a very good one, I love it.
  • Tom from Gloucester Twp., NjSince this song didn't make the US charts, I didn't hear it until I bought "The History of British Rock" LP in the mid-1970s. I love this song. It has a good, rich sound, the harmonies are excellent and the music is even better. A shame it wasn't a hit in the States.
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