On this day in music history: May 13, 1978 – &…

On this day in music history: May 13, 1978 – “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #60 on the R&B singles chart on June 3, 1978. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, it is the biggest hit for the Hawaiian born singer and actress. The song is actually the first that the Bee Gees complete when writing material for the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. Initially, Elliman is to record the ballad “How Deep Is Your Love” for the film, but when executive producer/Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood hears the Bee Gees’ demo version, he insists that they record it themselves, giving “If I Can’t Have You” to Elliman. The bands own version of “If I Can’t Have You” is issued as the non-LP B-side to “Stayin’ Alive” in late 1977. Elliman records her version with producer Freddie Perren (The Jackson 5, The Sylvers, Peaches & Herb) at The Mom & Pops Company Store Studios in Studio City, CA in mid 1977. Issued as the fourth single from “Saturday Night Fever” in January 1978, it is another major smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #89 on January 28, 1978, it climbs to the top of the chart fifteen weeks later. “If I Can’t Have You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.