Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Let Me Love You One More Time / Sweet Thing

(King S-7 1612) c1961

Let Me Love You One More Time
Sweet Thing In Person - stero singles

This is one of five 7" 33⅓ stereo singles that were taken from the Stanley Brothers' In Person LP, although Sweet Thing also appeared earlier on the Sings Everybody's Country Favorites album.

The singles were created for juke box use[1] and issued together with juke-box strips and a reproduction of the In Person sleeve. Most copies I've seen have been offered for sale as individual discs, but recently a complete set went on ebay for $125.

Let Me Love You One More Time is credited to Ralph[2]. He later re-recorded the song on the Wango Reunion: Featuring George Shuffler & James King CD, and as a duet with Tim O'Brien on his Clinch Mountain Country 2xCD.

Sweet Thing was probably brought to the band by King, who had recorded a version by Cowboy Copas in 1947.[3] Prior to this, the Callahan Brothers had recorded a version in 1941,[4] but according to Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, the original version was cut by The Franklin Brothers as Sweetheart.[5]

Both sides of the single can now be found on the The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD set.

Thanks to Gary Reid for the correction.


For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, 100-102, 111-112, 142-143 and 150.

Original Release:
Lead guitar:
Let Me Love You One More Time
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
Sweet Thing
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Buddy Starcher

Go To Top Of Page [1] See http://www.bsnpubs.com/stereoproject/stereo33s.html
[2] In the article 'Lester Woodie: Coming Up The Hard Road' by Wayne Erbsen, 'Bluegrass Unlimited', Mar 1980 (p.48) - Lester Woodie indicated that he helped him a bit with the lyrics to Let Me Love You One More Time, but he seems to have confused the song with Could You Love Me (One More Time). In the B.U. interview he recalled:- "Carter wrote a lot of his songs while we were riding along in the car. I remember we were staying at a hotel in Huntingdon, West Virginia while we were doing s TV show up there. That was one of the first live TV shows that there were. He was working on that song 'Let Me Love You One More Time'. I think I helped him with a word or two on that one. Carter seemed to write on impulse. A lot of times riding along in the car he'd get a line or two and maybe by the next morning he'd have the rest of it. He may be riding along and just start singing. He'd sing two or three lines, or maybe a whole verse. Then that night when we were warming up for the show, he'd get his guitar and run over it again. Maybe by the next day, he'd have the rest of it." - and the Stanley Brothers appeared on WSAZ-TV for a few months in 1950: Billboard 2 Sep 1950.

In a separate interview with Gary Reid on 26th March 1981 they discussed the the BU article:-

GR: I think you mentioned two songs in the article that you helped write or you were with them when they were writing them. I forget the title of one of 'em, Could You Love Me One More Time or Let Me Love You One More Time.
LW: Right, that's the one Ricky Skaggs redid not long ago.

As Skaggs released Could You Love Me One More Time as a single on Sugar Hill in 1979, it's almost certainly this song Lester was referencing, as opposed to Let Me Love You One More Time.

[3] Cowboy Copas - Texas Red / Sweet Thing (King 630) Jul 1947. See: http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc551049us and youtube: https://youtu.be/mNaUYlf-L7E
[4] The Callahan Brothers - Sweet Thing / They're At Rest Together (Decca 5952) May 1941 - see youtube: https://youtu.be/bKKtQO1sQQM
[5] The Franklin Brothers - Sweetheart / Did You Ever Go Sailing (Dixie 106) 194? (unless this is a reissue or re-recording the date must be wrong:- http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc546292us