I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

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"I Couldn't Live Without Your Love"
Single by Petula Clark
from the album
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
B-side "Your Way of Life" (non-LP track)
Released May 1966
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1966
Genre British Invasion, Pop, Vocal
Length 2:54
Label Pye 7N 17133 (UK)
Warner Bros. 5835 (US)
Vogue STU 42245 (DEN)
Vogue DVS 14552 (GER)
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Producer(s) Tony Hatch
Petula Clark singles chronology
"A Sign of the Times"
(1966)
"I Couldn't Live Without Your Love"
(1966)
"Who Am I?"
(1966)

"I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" is a 1966 single written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent and recorded by Petula Clark. It was inspired by the affair the songwriters were having at the time. Clark has cited "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway" as her favorites of her hits.[1]

Background[edit]

The song was recorded at the Pye Studios in Marble Arch in a session which featured guitarist Big Jim Sullivan and the Breakaways vocal group and was introduced by Clark on her BBC variety series, This Is Petula Clark.[1]

The single peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" was the first single by Clark to reach #1 on the US Easy Listening chart.[2]

A hit in Australia (#11), New Zealand (#18) and Rhodesia (#7), "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" gave Clark a hit in Germany twice, first in the original English at #13 and then again via a translation entitled "So wunderbar verliebt zu sein" (So wonderful to be in love) (#28).

Other versions[edit]

"I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" has also been recorded by John Davidson, Patti Brooks and Freda Payne. The 1967 album release Pet Project by the Bob Florence Big Band features an instrumental version of "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", the album being devoted to songs associated with Petula Clark.

In 1966 Donatella Moretti (it) had a single release: "Se un ragazzo pensa a te" which is an Italian rendering of "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" while Swedish and Finnish renderings were single releases for respectively Siw Malmkvist ("Jag kunde aldrig glömma dej") and Monica Aspelund ("En Ilman Häntä Olla"); another Finnish rendering: "En Voi Elää Ilman Sua", was a 1992 single release for Mari Vesala (fi).

Charts - Petula Clark version[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 11
German Singles Chart 13
German Singles Chart
  • German version ("So wunderbar, verliebt zu sein")
28
New Zealand Singles Chart 18
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 9
US Billboard Easy Listening 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

External links[edit]