This week in 1972: The U.S. granted a license for Boeing to sell 727's to China; the U.S. and Soviets signed an accord for cooperation in science and technology; The Soviet Union agreed to purchase U.S. grain for $750 million; and a singer from Friar's Point, Miss., had his 22nd hit record.
Most recording artists shy away from a song that has already been recorded—especially if that recording was a hit—but Conway Twitty was the exception to that unwritten rule.
By the time Conway Twitty had decided to record "I Can't Stop Loving You," Kitty Wells and Don Gibson had already scored hits on the song. Some 13 years later, Conway began including the song in his concerts and because of the crowd reaction, decided to record it.
Twitty commented, "I had my own arrangement on that song and the crowds just loved it so I first thought I'd put it in an album. But then I decided to release it as a single. My producer, Owen Bradley, wasn't in favor of me recording it. He told me that everybody in the business had recorded the song and that it was already in just about every album. I told him that it wasn't in any Conway Twitty album! So I recorded the song."
Twitty's version of "I Can't Stop Loving You" entered the country music charts July 29, 1972 and was at the top of the charts on September 23rd.
It was his 22nd charted song and his 10th No. 1.
Twitty (born: Harold Lloyd Jenkins) placed 98 songs on the country music charts between 1966 and 2004—including 40 No. 1's. He also charted duets with Loretta Lynn, Joni Lee and a mechanically produced recording with Anita Cochran.
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