100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: I Can’t Let Go- The Hollies. The Hollies according to Graham Nash- were named in honor of Buddy Holly. The Manchester group had become a hit maker in their native UK back in 1963 and by the time of ‘I Can’t Let Go’ had a string of big hits- but in the US to this point in 1966 they had one Top 40 hit- “Look Through Any Window” #32. They would break through with two Top 10 hits in America following ‘I Can’t Let Go’. ‘I Can’t Let Go’ was a #2 hit in the UK- but in the US- it failed to crack the Top 40- peaking at #42. ‘I Can’t Let Go’ was written by Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni- who were the authors of ‘Wild Thing.’ The Hollies producer- Ron Richards- was the founder of The Hollies- he was an assistant to Beatles producer George Martin- and worked with The Beatles during the first part of their careers.. Beatle Paul McCartney would praised ‘I Can’t Let Go’- he thought Graham Nash’s soaring tenor in the chorus was a trumpet. Linda Ronstadt would have a hit in 1980 with’ I Can’t Let Go’- #31. The Hollies were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010- long overdue.
- Single: ‘ I Can’t Let Go’- The Hollies
- Record Company- Imperial
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni
- Time: 2:26
- B-side: ‘I’ve Got A Way Of My Own’
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #42 in US Billboard Hot 100, #2 in UK Singles Chart.