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Classic Rewind: Linda Ronstadt – ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)

A classic Hank Williams song, with Emmylou Harris on harmony vocals:

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5 responses to “Classic Rewind: Linda Ronstadt – ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)

  1. Ken November 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    1976 clip from Dolly Parton’s syndicated half-hour TV show “Dolly!” that featured both Linda & Emmylou as her guests. That song was a #2 country hit for her just one year earlier. Unlike most of today’s female singers Linda shows that she’s really got the goods here. No overdubbing or autotune – she just belts it out with soul & emotion that you don’t hear from any of today’s girl singers.

    • james and katie November 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Rare and remarkable. A gorgeous voice, pure and natural beauty. Ronstadt has always been in the super cool, super talented Hall of Fame. We may not see her likes again.

    • Erik North November 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      And Linda does something that I think is all too rare in female singers these days: she put her own stamp on the song while still maintaining the original’s spirit. This, and the fact that such a great country hit should also have been on the B-side of her biggest pop hit, “You’re No Good”, and off of an album (HEART LIKE A WHEEL) that tons of other female singers wished they could have made.

  2. Paul W Dennis November 16, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Linda certainly had the vocal ability and charm to succeed as a country music artist, but as the totality of career would prove, she couldn’t be pinned down to any genre for very long

    This song has been recorded many times – Ronstadt’s is about the third best version I’ve heard of the song behind Hank Sr. and Stonewall Jackson

    • Ken November 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Next to Hank’s original and Linda’s great recording I’ve always loved this duet version by Anita Carter & Hank performed on the Kate Smith Evening Hour April 23, 1952.

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