March 1972 – a song popular in this month – Without You by Nilsson
Nilsson wrote most of the songs he recorded, and many listeners assumed that this gut-wrenching ballad was also one of his compositions.
Interesting facts about Without You & Nilsson
This was originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970, and appeared on their second album, No Dice.
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’s version added an orchestra and gave the song a dramatic production. When Nilsson recorded it, he initially played the song slow and dark, accompanied only by piano.
Mariah Carey’s version debuted at #1 in the UK in 1994 and hit #3 in the US.
The soft rock group Air Supply did a popular cover of this song in 1991.
This won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal in 1973.
Nilsson never performed before a live audience during his entire recording career. Shortly before his death, however, he did join Ringo Starr on stage one night during the ex-Beatle’s tour.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com