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"I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" is a song written and originally recorded by Hank Williams on MGM Records. It hitNUMBERtwo on the Billboard country singles chart in 1951.

Recording and compositionEdit

According to Colin Escott's 2004BOOK Hank Williams: The Biography, fiddler Jerry Rivers alwaysCLAIMED that Hank wrote the song in the touring Sedan, and when he came up with the opening line, TODAY I passed you on the street," and then asked for suggestions, steel guitaristDon Helms replied, "And I smelledYOUR rotten feet."[1][full citation needed] The song was recorded at Castle Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 16, 1951, the same session that yielded "Hey Good Lookin'", "My Heart Would Know", and "Howlin' at the Moon".[citation needed]Williams was backed on the session byMEMBERS of his Drifting Cowboys band, including Rivers, Helms, Sammy Pruett (electric guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), Ernie Newton or "Cedric Rainwater", aka Howard Watts (bass), and either Owen Bradley or producer Fred Rose on piano.[2][full citation needed] It was released as the B-side of "Howlin' at the Moon" but on the strength of its simple language and passionate singing, soared to number two on the Billboard country singles chart.[citation needed]

Williams sang the song with Anita Carter on the Kate Smith Evening Hour on April 23, 1952. The rare television appearance is one of the fewFILM clips of Williams' in performance.

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Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1951) Peak

position

U.S. Billboard Hot CountrySINGLES 2