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'Without You'
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Although associated in the public mind with Harry Nilsson, Without You was actually the work of British band Badfinger, specifically Pete Ham and Tom Evans. A desperate plea to a departing lover, Without You is lent added poignancy by the knowledge that its writers eventually committed suicide,
Harry Nilsson
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Composer Evans/Ham
Genre Pop
Album Nilsson Schmilson
Year of release 1971
UK Chart Position 1
ground down by dodgy business dealings and the pressures of the music biz.
Nilsson’s version appeared on his 1971 album Nilsson Schmilson, and was a huge hit around the world although Ham and Evans hardly saw a penny of the proceeds. Mariah Carey’s version in the 90s brought the song back to the public attention, although her vocal gymnastics failed to match the quivering longing of Nilssons rendition.


Harry Nilsson on recording Without You
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson talks about recording Without You in those crazy days in the 70's.

 

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Badfinger
 Badfinger recorded their original own version of the song on their No Dice album from 1970.

I can't listen to this without a shiver running down my back


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