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

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

  1. Erik North September 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    This is really an example of why a lot of female singers over the last forty years have regarded Linda, and Emmylou, as the big reasons why they even got into singing in the first place, let alone sought out careers. It is a shame that Parkinson’s has silence Linda’s incredible voice, of course; but we, and Emmy as well, have been fortunate to have appreciated what she bought to the table.

  2. Ken September 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This song is mainly associated with the writer Hank Williams who made it a #2 Billboard hit in 1951. But Linda released this song as a Capitol single in 1974 and it too climbed to #2 on the country chart 24 years later in March 1975.[The flip side “You’re No Good” was a #1 pop hit the previous month] “I Can’t Help It” was released on Linda’s “Heart Like A Wheel” album but it became a “lost hit” for many years as it was never included on either of her original “Greatest Hits” collections back in the day.

    Emmylou Harris provided the harmony vocal for the recorded version and Sneaky Pete Kleinow played steel guitar. His intro and solo ride is absolute perfection as he channeled some of Don Helms licks from Hank’s original.

    • Erik North September 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Actually, “I Can’t Help It” was included on the 2-LP 1977 Capitol release A RETROSPECTIVE, along with other cuts from Linda’s years at Capitol/EMI (it reached #46 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, and #44 on the C&W Album Chart). And Linda’s recording of it probably did as much to introduce (or re-introduce) rock fans to the country music of the pre-rock 1950s as anyone had ever done (IMHO).

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