Nilsson Without You

What was the number one song in the UK on 11th March 1972?

“Without You” by Nilsson was Number One on 11th March 1972 and stayed there for five weeks.

“Without You” by Nilsson reached the top of the charts for a total of 5 weeks! If you don’t know this song, where are you living? Mars? You may know this song as it has been covered by many artists and has been featured in many reality music TV shows such as “The X Factor”.

Did you know that even this version of the song was a cover version, I certainly didn’t. Let’s take a look at Harry Nilsson’s cover of the song though, which delighted music fans back in Spring 1972..

Don’t pretend you weren’t singing along!

Wikipedia

“Without You” is a song written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Welsh rock group Badfinger, and first released on their 1970 album No Dice. The song has been recorded by over 180 artists, and versions released as singles by Harry Nilsson (1971) and Mariah Carey (1994) became international best-sellers. Paul McCartneyonce described the ballad as “the killer song of all time”.

In 1972, writers Ham and Evans received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds.

A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. He is known for the charting singles “Everybody’s Talkin'” (1969), “Without You” (1971), and “Coconut” (1972). Nilsson also wrote the song “One” (1968), made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night.

His honors include Grammy Awards for two of his recordings; Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male in 1970 for “Everybody’s Talkin'”, a prominent song in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1973 for “Without You”. In 2015, he was voted No. 62 in Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time”.

It is worth pointing out, being a huge fan of the Minogue sisters and all, the song “Coconut” was also covered by Dannii Minogue for her 1997 album “Girl” and is worth checking out if you can.

Lyrics

No, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows

No, I can’t forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrow
When I had you there, but then I let you go
And now it’s only fair that I should let you know
What you should know

I can’t live if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
I can’t live if living is without you
I can’t give, I can’t give anymore

Well, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows

I can’t live if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
I can’t live if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
If living is without you

On a final note, I would like to introduce myself. My name’s Dan and I am an avid music lover, all kinds of everything! I hope you enjoy my first post on Talk About Pop Music.

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