Loretta Lynn – Why Can’t He Be You, is a song written by Hank Cochran that was originally recorded by American country artist Patsy Cline. The song became a minor chart hit was later included on Cline’s Greatest Hits album. It has since been notably covered by Loretta Lynn and Norah Jones.
Among the many covers of the song, American country music artist Loretta Lynn recorded the song and released it as a single in 1977. Lynn recorded the song as a tribute to Patsy Cline because the pair had a close friendship. “Why Can’t Be You” was recorded at the Bradley’s Barn on September 28, 1976. Located in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, the session was produced by renowned country music producer Owen Bradley. Two additional tracks were recorded during this session that were covers of Cline’s music: “Back in Baby’s Arms” and “Leavin’ on Your Mind”.
Reached number seven on the Billboard Hot Country Singles survey in 1977. Additionally, the song peaked at number six on the Canadian RPM Country Songs chart during this same period. It was included on her studio album of Patsy Cline covers, I Remember Patsy (1977).
Loretta Lynn – Why Can’t He Be You
From the album I Remember Patsy
B-side “I Keep on Putting On”
Released May 1977
Recorded September 28, 1976
Mount Juliet, Tennessee, U.S.
Songwriter(s) Hank Cochran
Producer(s) Owen Bradley