I Can't Turn You Loose

"I Can't Turn You Loose" is a song written and first recorded by American soul singer Otis Redding. It was released as the B-side to his 1965 single "Just One More Day". The up-tempo song became a bigger hit on the US R&B chart than its A-side and was one of Redding's signature songs and often appeared in his live performances.

"I Can't Turn You Loose"
Single by Otis Redding
A-side"Just One More Day"
Released1965 (1965)
Format45 rpm record
Songwriter(s)Otis Redding

In 1968, the Chambers Brothers' version of this song reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1]

The 1968 version of the song was used as the opening music for the 1968 American TV series, the Ann-Margret Show. The sped up version was also used as the introduction music to live performances by The Blues Brothers.

The song serves as the entrance theme for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team.

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1965) Peak
US Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles[2] 11


  1. ^ "The Chambers Brothers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Otis Redding Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 December 2017.