The song, “If I Can’t Have You”, was originally recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977
Disco classic “If I Can’t Have You” was written and recorded by the Gibb brothers three in 1977 and although this appeared on the sountrack to the film ‘Stayin’ Alive’, it had already been recorded by American singer Yvonne Elliman (b.1951) earlier that same year for the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever’. It was Elliman’s recording that was released commercially and topped the US chart in 1978 as well as being a huge hit globally making the top ten in the UK, Australia and most parts of Europe.
British singer Kim Wilde recorded her version in 1993 for her compilation “The Singles Collection 1981-1993”. The song was released as the lead single and bettered Elliman’s version on Australia by reaching No.3 (Elliman’s had peaked at No.9). Wilde’s “If I Can’t Have You” charted at No.12 in the UK and No.14 on the US dance chart.
A remixed version of the Bee Gees original was included on their 2007 anthology, “Greatest”, which charted on the US dance chart for the very first time, while British singer Jess Glynne recorded a version in 2016 for the musical soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever’.
But which version is the best? YVONNE ELLIMAN’s original or KIM WILDE’s cover?