Since I Don't Have You

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"Since I Don't Have You"
Single by The Skyliners
from the album The Skyliners
B-side "One Night, One Night"
Released December 1958
Format 45
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:35
Label Calico
Writer(s) Jackie Taylor, James Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joseph Rock, Joe VanScharnen, Lennie Martin, and Wally Lester
Producer(s) Joseph Rock
The Skyliners singles chronology
"Since I Don't Have You"
"This I Swear"

"Since I Don't Have You" is a song by the doo-wop group the Skyliners, from their self-titled album. Released in late 1958, the single reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100; it was also a top five hit on the 1959 R&B chart. Highlighted by lead singer Jimmy Beaumont's powerful vocals, and the counterpoint between his falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano, on her final chorus, the song is considered by many, including oldies fans, one of the best "heartbreak" ballads ever recorded; it is a classic of pre-Beatles rock and roll. As a testament to its longevity, it is frequently played on the radio; the song was featured in the films American Graffiti, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Lethal Weapon 2, and Mischief, and television shows such as Happy Days.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 12

Ronnie Milsap cover[edit]

"Since I Don't Have You"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Back to the Grindstone
B-side "I Ain't Gonna Cry No More"
Released 1991
Genre Country
Length 4:10
Label RCA
Producer(s) Ronnie Milsap, Rob Galbraith, Richard Landis
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Are You Lovin' Me Like I'm Lovin' You"
"Since I Don't Have You"
"Turn That Radio On"

Country music artist Ronnie Milsap's version was a #6 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1991.[1] The single was taken from his album Back to the Grindstone, released on RCA Records. It was produced by Milsap, Rob Galbraith, and Richard Landis.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[3] 25
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 84
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 67

Guns N' Roses cover[edit]

"Since I Don't Have You"
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album The Spaghetti Incident?
A-side "Since I Don't Have You"
(Radio Version)
B-side "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" (LP Version)
Released May 1994
Format CD single
Recorded March 1993
Genre Blues rock, doo-wop
Length 4:20
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses singles chronology
"Since I Don't Have You"
"Sympathy for the Devil"

This song was covered by the rock band Guns N' Roses on their album, The Spaghetti Incident? This was Guns N' Roses 18th single release overall, and the third single lifted from The Spaghetti Incident?. The single was released in mid-1994. It reached #69 on the Hot 100 and was a top 10 hit in the UK. The music video featured actor Gary Oldman – then a popular casting choice for Hollywood villains – as a smiling demon who is constantly mocking singer Axl Rose. The video was the last to feature original members Duff McKagan and Slash, as well as drummer Matt Sorum and rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke. It is also (to date) the last music video released under the "Guns N' Roses" name.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 69
UK Singles Chart 10
Guns N' Roses

Other versions[edit]

Other song remakes to chart have included renditions by Chuck Jackson (1964), the Four Seasons (1965), Manfred Mann (1965), Jay and the Americans (1969), the Vogues (1970-71 Billboard Easy Listening #8), Lenny Welch (1973), Ricky Nelson, Barbra Streisand (1974), Patti LaBelle (1977), Art Garfunkel (1979), Don McLean (1981), Eddie Meduza (1984), Gloria Loring (1986), Shturcite (1987), Johnny Mathis (1989), the Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998) and Ron Sexsmith (2012).

Don McLean's version, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981, is the cover version to come closest to the success of the Skyliners' original in the USA. In the UK, Art Garfunkel reached #38, in July 1979. In 1994, the song was incorporated into the first Broadway revival of Grease as a solo for Sandy, near the end of the first act, and sung by Susan Wood. Subsequent versions of the musical have not included the song.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1640." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 5, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Ronnie Milsap.
  4. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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