Song of the Day: Billy Swan, “I Can Help”


I knew it was time to break up with this girl I somehow ended up dating when this song came on the radio and she turned it off. “I HATE that song!” she said, and it was the beginning of the end.

Billy Swan had his first success as a songwriter with “Lover Please,” which Clyde McPhatter recorded in 1962. This was recorded in 1974 on an organ given to him by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, both of whom he had played with, as a wedding gift. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 as well as on the US and Canadian country charts. Love the message this delivers.

21 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Billy Swan, “I Can Help”

      1. I like the song regardless…happy song.

        John… only if you are really bored…I mean really bored I was wondering if you could look at something?
        I watch old sitcoms sometimes and see a landmark or something that stands out and try to find out what it is or was..

        Bob Newhart show….a later intro…showed this large drawing cutout (or something) in the city…I can’t explain it but I was wondering…only if you have time to see if you know what this is/was…it was in Chicago…it’s huge and it’s by some business that has 444…. I’m sorry to ask but I’ve been trying to find out for years…yea I’m strange.

        It’s between 51-54 seconds on this youtube video. Bob walks by it…it is huge.


        1. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the city proper in the early ’70’s when this was filmed. In 1976 and 1977, I walked past there frequently, but don’t remember seeing a cutout, so whatever it was, it was gone by the time I would have been down there. Sorry!

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              1. Thank you that was great. I loved that Bob talked about it also.” Now, would you want a therapist who missed his stop every day?”


                1. I’d really have to wonder, especially one that rode all the way into Evanston (and I believe that old Isabella stop was in Wilmette, the next town north). Clearly the people who came up with that opening sequence were more interested in showing off some of the more distinctive sights in Chicago than getting him home. My guess would be he’d cross Michigan Avenue and take the 151 bus north to Thorndale…

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