The Number Ones: Yvonne Elliman's “If I Can't Have You”

Billboard #1 Hits: #442: “If I Can’t Have You”- Yvonne Elliman. May 13, 1971. #1 for 1 week.

  • Single: If I Can’t Have You”- Yvonne Elliman
  • Record Company- RSO
  • Genre: Disco
  • Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
  • Time: 2:57
  • B-side:”Good Sign”
  • Album- Saturday Night Fever
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100

“If I Can’t Have You” was written by The Bee Gees and appeared on the b-side of their #1 hit “Stayin’ Alive.” This was the first song they wrote for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Yvonne Elliman’s #1 hit was the fourth #1 from that soundtrack- all written by The Bee Gees. The original thought was that Elliman who was not a disco performer but a ballad singer would sing “How Deep Is Your Love” for the soundtrack but RSO executive/ The Bee Gees manager- and the executive producing the Saturday Night Fever project- Robert Stigwood decided it was The Bee Gees who would do “How Deep Is Your Love”- a wise decision. Elliman didn’t think much of the single- dismissing it in conversation as “that current thing from Saturday Night Fever.” She would only have one more Top 40 hit n her career- 1979’s “Love Pains.”

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