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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, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
I love all the Oldies but the Goodies and miss it very much. Would rollerskate in the streets will I went to work.
wow...classi c . songs jolt you back to a time and place.
I miss the old days!
I haven't heard this song in such a long time. Oh the memories it brings back.
And I would have danced Ivonne all night long.
Great music and a part of the Sat Night Fever, wonderful years and great dancing, the BG's and this tune will go together always.
Takes me back to Natchitoches , La. 1977-78. My...how the years have flown!!!
Is it the time time of the season?
I remember roller skating too I went every weekend
In life and in death the music of the Bee Gees will always be CLASSIC!!
Used to roller skate to this at USA.......
Baby Don't Let It Mess With Your Mind. This is beautiful. Someone loves me for me. Whoever you are. Thank you so very much. THAT..means the world to me. :-)
AND I WANT THANK EVERYBOBY FOR FOLLOWING ME WITH PANDORA MUSIC SERVICES . MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL FROM MY FAMILY AND TO ALL LOVE YOU SMILE...
I LOVE MY BLUE EYES SINGERS AND GROUPS IN THAT ERA OF TIME THEY HAD ALOT OF SOUL TO THEY MUSIC SMILR...
i feel like throwing on my white travolta suit and get busy!!!
I LIKE BLUE EYES SINGERS AND THEIR BRING SOUL BACK TO GOOD MUSIC SMILE...
If I Can't Have You. OMG. I never who sung this song. Yvonne happens to be one of my children's DADS cousins. OMG. How cool is that? I didn't even know she sang. OMG. Wow. It is a small world after all isn't it? Wow. I love this song too. Wow. This absolutely blows me away. I'm going to have to talk to Froilan about this one. He told me she sang but I didn't know she was a professional singer. I love the movie Saturday Night Fever
Winwin23 great just great
kiss hand 5x, say crushes name, look under pillow, iPod will be there
She has more songs than this. ♪♪♪♪
My Song ! That Girl Can Sang!
I love disco
i love the song if I can't have you.......
i was born in this era and my dad was a huge music fan so i love any kind of 70s music even though my groing up years were in the 80s not enough mellower music in the 80s
kilgore916
I love this song! " If I Can't Have You"
crispant
If I Can't Have You is simply perfect! Love love love... Disco lives forever!!!
I have an old soul love this song although it was before my time ..damn the power of GOOD music
mkjoy
Wasn't she in Jesus Christ Superstar
I wish I could turn back the clock to those more happy days, loved the music.
I love her songs - great voice and great beauty
Love, love 70's music!! Takes me to a happy place
Sang background on Clapton's Slowhand and did some lead with him on the song The Core.
Reading the artist bios has got to be my favorite thing about Pandora. I would never have imagined Elliman's amazing feats, like recording "I Don't How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar!!! Her performance single-hande d l y MADE that entire show/soundtr a c k a success.
My best memory of Saturday Night Fever is always this: The Coolest Disco song of all-time.
The best decade ever.....the 1970's....Di s c o will never die
godoygodofre d o l
this is one of the song that i love .,i love you.
If I can't have you is a classic; beautiful, soulful voice Yvonne! I bet she sounded great doing gospel.. Will have to look that up :)
Simply the most gorgeous rendition of Hello Stranger I've ever heard! Yvonne !
belly rubbing music. ya wanna dance?
dave8273
Hello Stranger is so smooth
If I Can't Have You reminds me of being young w/out any cares or worries. Nostalgia!
lauri.dahir
I Don't Know How to Love Him on the Jesus Christ Superstar Sound Track is the best! It's a great loss that we did not hear more from her!
rubenc2
enjoyed her music in the 70's and his still looks great today.
bkthorpe...w h a t are you and luvukids talking about life was simpler in the 70's? maybe because you were both still living with mommy & daddy and only worried about not getting busted for smoking behind the bleachers. Life is more simple now with marvelous technology such as free Pandora Radio...for me, listening to these great songs of my past only brings back great memories of my childhood... I only look forward to what simple life brings for me in the future
I agree with you bkthorpe1! Simple & fun. Feel sorry for teenagers in this day and age.
bkthorpe1
This song reminds me when times were simple...luv the 70's.
She sang this song on an episode of Hawaii Five-O.
70s mellow rock nothing like it
romiebear70
i listen to this song atleast once a day...i love it
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