Tuesday, January 13, 2009

633rd Post - An Old Favourite

Who remembers the 1970's? I sure do. I lived through them, albeit in a much younger version of the person who's typing these words.

One of my very favourite tunes from the 1970's is "If I Can't Have You", by Yvonne Elliman. She had been involved with "Jesus Christ, Superstar" before eventually contributing this seminal tune to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. More than 30 years after it was a hit, when I hear it on the radio (which ain't often), I turn it up and sing along. If you call what I do "singing". I wouldn't. Neither should you.

But how many of you knew that this song was written by the Bee Gees? And how many of you knew that they also recorded this song, making it the flip side to one of their hits from the SNF album?

Believe it or not, there was a time when I preferred the Bee Gees' version. Today... well, why don't you take a few minutes and discover for yourself.

Here is the version you know best:

Holy Sweet Friggers with a Frig Muffin! She was an attractive woman back in the day. My oh, my.

Anyway, Elliman was lulled out of retirement as a homemaker in Hawaii and performed the song a few times. Usually, it was an obvious and cheesy lipsync. Not this time:

Finally, here are the Bee Gees, at the height of their hirsuteness, doing the song. It is just a stock image. I am not aware of an actual live performance by the Brothers Gibb of this song.

Lost the day. I have GOT to get back to the transcription of the latest interview for the blog. Expect it soon.

A brief note in a moment.


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