CXLII: IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU. Continues next week.
BEFORE IT WAS A
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
If I Can’t Have You
Initially, The Bee Gees had written "How Deep Is Your Love" for Yvonne Elliman to sing on the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack album. Label chief and the group's manager Robert Stigwood encouraged the trio to record the ballad. The Gibb brothers offered Elliman the upbeat "If I Can't Have You" instead. Her version reached #1 in America in May 1978. It peaked at #4 in Britain.
The Bee Gees had previously released a take on the song. If those that had purchased the group's international smash "Stayin' Alive" played its flip side, they would have discovered the original version of "I Can't Have You", a few months prior to the release of Elliman's remake.
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’. You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at: