On this day in music history: May 14, 1977 – &…

On this day in music history: May 14, 1977 – “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on April 23, 1977. Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager, it is the second US chart topper for the UK born singer. Originally recorded by singer and songwriter Albert Hammond in 1976 (“It Never Rains In Southern California”, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”), Sayer records the song with producer Richard Perry for his album “Endless Flight”. Issued as the follow up to his number one smash “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” in February of 1977, it becomes another immediate hit. The hit single version of “When I Need You” differs from the original album mix, with the addition of a saxophone solo in the latter half of the track. Subsequent re-pressings of the album replace the original mix with the hit version. Entering the Hot 100 at #81 on February 26, 1977, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. The single is also Sayer’s biggest hit in the UK, hitting number one after placing three singles at number two on the charts. The song is later covered by several artists including Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard and Celine Dion. “When I Need You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.