Australian singles chart:
Without You entered the Kent charts on 14 February 1972 and was a #1 hit. The song was #4 on the Top 100 of 1972.
The song is on Nilsson Schmilsson which entered the Kent album charts on 13 March 1972 and peaked at #2.
This gut-wrenching ballad was originally released by Badfinger in 1970 and appeared on their second album, No Dice. Badfinger members Peter Ham and Tom Evans wrote it.
Ham had written a song called Is This Love? but wasn’t happy with the chorus. Evans came up with the “I can’t live if living is without you” chorus but had no verses for it, so they put the two songs together as one.
The Badfinger original wasn’t released as a single, so most people weren’t familiar with it. Nilsson’s version, laced with lush orchestration, became a huge hit.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/nilsson/without-you
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