March 1972 – Without You by Nilsson

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.

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22 thoughts on “March 1972 – Without You by Nilsson

  1. I love Nilsson and I love this song. My brother was 9 years older than me, so thankfully I was exposed to all kinds of music. When I was about 5 or 6 years old, one of my favorites by Nilsson was “You’re Breaking My Heart.” It gave me permission, at that tender young age, to say a bad word, and I’d go around happily singing it all the time. 😀 Anyway, Happy Sunday Terry! Enjoy your day!!

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  2. So nice to hear this song again. I also like the trivia, it makes me wonder why he did not perform live? I wonder if a biography was ever written? Where does he live now? I remember I looked up an artist I enjoyed and he had just re released an album I loved, so I ordered it again and he signed it for me. The artist is Phil Keaggy.

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    • Very cool, I am glad you have some good memories associated to this song. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment, I know there are things taking place in your life to keep you away. So for you to stop by means a great deal to me. Turtle hugs to you as well. 🙂

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