Without You – Harry Nilsson

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on February 19th of 1972 although he had written songs that were recorded by The Turtles, Rick Nelson, Blood Sweat And Tears, Lulu, The Monkees and Three Dog Night, Harry Nilsson had his only US number one hit with “Without You”, a tune written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger. This was originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970, and appeared on their second album, No Dice. Nilsson wrote most of the songs he recorded, and many listeners assumed that this gut-wrenching ballad was also one of his compositions. Badfinger members Peter Ham and Tom Evans wrote this. Ham had written a song called “Is This Love?,” but wasn’t happy with the chorus. Evans came up with the “I cant’ live if living is without you” chorus, but had no verses for it, so they put the two songs together as one. Nilsson first came across this song at a Laurel Canyon party in 1971 and thought it was a Beatles song. This won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal in 1973. Mariah Carey’s version debuted at #1 in the UK in 1994 and hit #3 in the US. Nilsson died of heart failure on January 15, 1994 – the same day Carey’s version was released in the US. Nilsson’s version also reached #1 in the UK.