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

(King S-7 1612) c1961

Sweet Thing
Let Me Love You One More Time

This is one of at least four 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.

In Gary B. Reid's book The Music Of The Stanley Brothers (p. 113) he says that the format was an experiment by King Records. It has also been suggested that the singles were created for juke box use.[1]

Sweet Thing was probably brought to the band by King, who had recorded a version by Cowboy Copas in 1947.[2] Prior to this, the Callahan Brothers had recorded a version in 1941,[3] 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.[4]

Let Me Love You One More Time is credited to Ralph, but may have been written by Carter in 1950, around the time they were based in Huntingdon, West Virginia.[5] Ralph 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.

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


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

George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Buddy Starcher
Let Me Love You One More Time
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] See http://www.bsnpubs.com/stereoproject/stereo33s.html
[2] 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
[3] The Callahan Brothers - Sweet Thing / They're At Rest Together (Decca 5952) May 1941 - see youtube: https://youtu.be/bKKtQO1sQQM
[4] 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
[5] [2] In the article 'Lester Woodie: Coming Up The Hard Road' by Wayne Erbsen, 'Bluegrass Unlimited', Mar 1980 (p.48) - Lester Woodie 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