If i can’t have you Yvonne Elliman
Song Title: If i can’t have you
Artist: Yvonne Elliman
Date of release: 23 January 1978
Description: ” If i can’t have you ” is by Yvonne Elliman ( Yvonne Marianne Elliman ), the American singer and songwriter. The song was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.
Production for the single was Freddie Perren, Freddie is best known for co-producing international hits like ” I will survive ” by Gloria Gaynor and ” shake your groove thing ” by Peaches & Herb.
The song was released by record labels RSO and Polydor on the 23rd of January 1978 as a stand alone single, earlier the song was featured on the Saturday night fever ( The Original movie sound track ) Album, released in November 1977.
Yvonne had recorded an Album called ” Rising sun ” released in 1975, however there were no charting singles from the Album. She then teamed up with producer Freddie Perren and recorded another Album entitled ” Love me “.
From this Album Yvonne had two top twenty Billboard hit singles, the title track was written by the Bee Gees and so the path to stardom was assured.
The Bee Gees had been asked to write for the film and had already written ” How deep is your love “, they had Yvonne in mind for the song.
However Robert Stigwood insisted it was to be the Bee Gees that sing the ballad themselves. Instead she was given the chance to sing the more uptempo disco tune ” If i can’t have you “.
By singing the song Yvonne became a part of a disco phenomenon, the film’s soundtrack was certified 15 times Platinum in the United States for sales exceeding 15 Million copies. The Album held the top of the charts for 24 straights weeks and stayed on the Billboard Album charts for 120 weeks.
Singing ” If i can’t have you ” for the soundtrack had made Yvonne Elliman a virtual household name on both sides of the Atlantic, the Album was considered to be so culturally important that it was added to the US National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress.
Along with being part of one of the biggest selling Albums of all time, Yvonne Elliman’s ” If i can’t have you ” was also a commercial success in its own right.
In the United States, the single entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 89 in 1978 and after 15 weeks on the chart the song had climbed to reach number one.
The spent one week at the top and a total of 22 weeks on the chart. Once the song had reached the top it had helped establish three records.
The song was the fourth single from the soundtrack to reach number one, the only film to produce four chart topping 45 singles.
” If i can’t have you ” was the fourth consecutive number one single to be written by Barry Gibb surpassing John Lennon and Paul McCartney ( wrote 3 consecutive number ones in the 1960’s ).
When Yvonne Elliman reached number one, it became the sixth consecutive number one for record label RSO, no other record label at the time had more than two consecutive 45 singles make it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
In the United Kingdom, ” If i can’t have you ” entered the UK chart on the 6th of May 1978 and peaked at number 4, the song spent 5 weeks in the top ten and a total of 12 weeks on the UK chart.
The song was also a success in Australia and Canada where it topped both charts. It also reached the top ten in New Zealand, Ireland and France.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 24, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 2, Canadian RPM Top Singles 1, France (SNEP) 5, Irish Singles Chart 9, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 28, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 31, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 6
Official Website: Yvonneelliman.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/YvonneElliman