Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vintage Video: Yvonne Elliman Goes Disco With "If I Can't Have You"

Singer Yvonne Elliman turns 64 today.

Born in Hawaii, Yvonne moved to Los Angeles in 1969 where she started performing in clubs and bars, eventually being discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice who asked her to sing the part of Mary Magdalene on the original studio album of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The break led her a long string of associations with the show during the early-70's including the original Broadway cast, the touring cast and the 1973 motion picture directed by Norman Jewison for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She also went to number 28 on the Hot 100 and 15 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts with I Don't Know How to Love Him from the original album.

From 1974 to 1977, she became a primary vocalist on Eric Clapton's albums and on tour and, in 1976, she finally had another hit with Love Me which went to number 14 on teh Hot 100 and 10 on the AC charts. She followed with a cover of the Barbara Lewis song Hello Stranger (1977 / #15 Pop / #14 AC) and her biggest hit, If I Can't Have You (1978 / #1 Pop / #1 AC).