100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’- Dusty Springfield. Originally recorded in Italy by Pino Donaggio- Dusty Springfield first heard the song at the 1965 Sanremo Festival when Donaggio and Jody Miller performed the song. While Springfield didn’t know the meaning of the lyrics- she was moved to tears. A year later she got down to recording the song. It took her forty-seven takes before she was satisfied with the results- but it was worth it- ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ would become her biggest hit- #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. It has been a much covered song over the years- Elvis Presley’s single in 1970 went to #11- it has also been covered by the likes of Tom Jones, Cher, Helen Reddy, Glen Campbell, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and dozens of others.
Single: “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’- Dusty Springfield/ Written by Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier- Bell, Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini/ Record Company-Philips/ Produced by John Franz/ Time: 2:47/ Recorded March 9-10, 1966/ Released March 25, 1966/ Peaked at #4 in US Billboard Hot 100, #1 in UK Singles Chart.
However many takes it resulted in a perfect pop opera in 3 minutes. Even a miss take would be something most singers could only hope to get near. (Yes, I’m a fan…)
She was a great singer. What a voice…
In his eulogy for her, I believe Elton John said she had the greatest voice of any White singer ever .Which might be kind of racist when you think of it, but anyway, its quite a compliment…and not far off . She’s certainly among the best female singers of our lifetimes. Great song too.
No argument with Elton on this point.