I Won't Last a Day Without You
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|"I Won't Last a Day Without You"|
Cover to the single "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album A Song for You|
|Released||March 25, 1974|
|Writer(s)||Paul Williams; Roger Nichols|
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
"I Won't Last a Day Without You" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Williams and music composed by Roger Nichols. Williams released his version as a single in 1973, but garnered only minor success. Maureen McGovern recorded the song and also released it as a single in 1973 (and included on her album The Morning After), with results similar to those of Williams. It became a hit single for The Carpenters in 1974, reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the easy listening chart,. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" was The Carpenters' ninth number one on the Easy Listening chart.
In 1972, Richard Carpenter had learned of a new song from his partners, Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, who had already contributed "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" to the Carpenters's repertoire and catalogue of chart selections, and he included it on their A Song for You album. Shortly after, Diana Ross heard it and included it on her album Touch Me in the Morning the following year. In 1974, Barbra Streisand included the song on her album ButterFly. Andy Williams released a version in 1974 on his album, The Way We Were. Mel Torme also sang a version of the song, culminating in holding one of the longest last notes in showbiz history, with a full six and a half bars.
- Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
- Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, keyboards
- Joe Osborn - bass guitar
- Tony Peluso - guitar
- Hal Blaine - drums
|Canadian Singles Chart||7|
|Oricon International Singles Chart||1|
|Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart||40|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||1|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 107.