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Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman had a brief moment in the spotlight during the middle of the '70s, yet she appeared on many of the decade's biggest hits as a backing singer. While she was in high school in Hawaii, Elliman sang in a group called We Folk. She moved to London in 1969 and began singing at the Pheasantry folk club, located on Kings Road in Chelsea. It was here that songwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice discovered her. The duo offered her the role of Mary Magdalene in their new rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar; the role brought her instant fame. Elliman played the Magdalene character in the film version of Superstar, for which she won a Golden Globe award; it also gave her a hit with "I Don't Know How to Love Him." The hit single became the title of her debut album, which was released in 1972. Pete Townshend helped Elliman prepare her second album, 1973's Food of Love. During this time, she appeared in the American production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, where she met Bill Oakes, the president of RSO Records; the two married soon afterward. Oakes introduced her to Eric Clapton, inviting her to sing backup vocals on "I Shot the Sheriff." Elliman became part of the guitarist's band afterward; she stayed with him for five years.

She joined RSO's roster in 1975, releasing the Steve Cropper-produced Rising Sun. Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb wrote the title song for Elliman's next album, 1976's Love Me; the song became a U.K. hit, paving the way for her greatest chart success, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The Bee Gees wrote several songs on the soundtrack specifically for Elliman, including the number one single "If I Can't Have You." She released two more albums and went back to session work, but she returned in 2004 with the Simple Needs EP and continued to perform well into the 2010s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Yvonne Elliman

1. I Don't Know How to Love Him

2. Best Of My Love

3. Somewhere In The Night

4. Love Me

5. Hello Stranger

6. I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

7. If I Can't Have You

8. Baby Don't Let It Mess With Your Mind

9. Down The Backstairs Of My Life

10. Moment By Moment

11. Love Pains

12. Everything Must Change

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luperivera19 6 7
I love her songs
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And it doesn't matter how I tried
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phoudphascri p t e d
Testimony of true love...
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This is how I feel right now about a friend of mine whom I grown to love unconditiona l l y but afraid to let her know.
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I dote like you and dote love
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Don't know why
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This song reminds me of my first visit at a discount tech, Dancing till morning, good please days, no fight, guns, or drugs, or obnoxious drunks,at least we new how to be descreat
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Beautiful song
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Love that song if I can't have you I Don't want nobody bayba! Remember it from when I was like 4 Lol
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cherokeeprin c e s s 1 2 7
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nobody can sing (i don't know how to love him) like Yvonne though many have tried , her airy type voice is second to none
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Good music love it
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I gave it all too easily to you my love
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I don't see why he moves me should I bring him down?
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Don't Know Why
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I won't have you your my inspiration my love Mike love mimi
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Loved her, especially I don't know how to love him. Very talented, sensual and erotic. Guess I had a crush on her.
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I gave it all so easily to you,what a mistake
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Good music
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memories
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Wow,..what a beautiful women a
voice! ...a 73 white N.Y.C. ex teacher guy who loved disco but fortunately
was into beautiful cars more. Boy
did I miss out,..never knew of this
talented artist,..wow !
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Her Voice is Super. She has something Special
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The Best or Nothing !!
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Whenever I hear this song I lovingly remember the movie and the scene in which the song was played��✌
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Nobody else baby... It's just you!!
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This song makes me feel so good even after all these years.
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Love this song.
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love this song
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Loves this song
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Love this song
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If i Can't have You ...I Dont Want NObody... ~°°~}
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Wheeeeww ~` "~
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If I Can't Have You ...... I don't want nobody baby ......
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This is how i feel at this moment in time if i cant have you ken i dont want nobody !
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If I can't have you,where are you now?...
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Good music
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iam in love with this music and about this pass time just beautifull so much memories
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Live Was nice......on those times....!! Now? B s



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If. I can't have U....???IF I DONT WANT U....GO FIGURE...... ! . ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . . . N E, X T........... . X X X X X X O O O O O O O
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Green
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harleyrit
Brings this ole boy back to a wonderful time in my life !��
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Roller skating song 30 years ago wow so many sweet girls
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frankwiener
Yvonne Elliman's spotlight was all too brief. The bio didn't explain why.
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How deep is your love.wonderf u l song.������
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dragonlady60 8 8
SAT NITE FEVER
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Roosevelt High School....Pa p a k o l e a , Hawaii...we are so proud of her...
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Yvonne has such a great voice she started out as a back up singer for Eric Clapton,and got a leadroll in the movie jcs.wow what a voice
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