You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
|"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"|
|Single by Dusty Springfield|
|B-side||"Every Ounce of Strength" (Cropper/Hayes/Porter)|
|Released||28 March 1966|
|Recorded||Philips Studio, Stanhope Place, London|
|Writer(s)||Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini, Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell|
|Dusty Springfield singles chronology|
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is a 1966 hit recorded by English singer Dusty Springfield which proved to be her career record reaching #1 UK and #4 US: the song subsequently charted in the UK via remakes by Elvis Presley (#9/ 1971), Guys 'n' Dolls (#5/ 1976) and Denise Welch (#23/ 1995) with Presley's version also reaching #11 US in 1970. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" was also a Top Ten hit in Ireland for Red Hurley (#5/ 1978), in Italy for Wall Street Crash (#6/ 1983), and - as "En koskaan" - in Finland for Kristina Hautala (#6/ 1966). The song had originally been written with Italian lyrics and entitled "Io che non vivo (senza te)" and as such was a #1 hit in Italy for Pino Donaggio in 1965.
"Io che non vivo (senza te)" - "I, who can't live (without you)" - was introduced at the 1965 Sanremo Festival by Pino Donaggio - who'd co-written the song with Vito Pallavicini - and his team partner Jody Miller: the song took seventh place at Sanremo and as recorded by Donaggio reached #1 in Italy in March 1965. "Io che non vivo (senza te)" would also be prominently featured on the soundtrack of the Luchino Visconti film "Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa" (aka "Sandra") starring Claudia Cardinale which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival that September.
Dusty Springfield, who participated at the 1965 Sanremo Festival, was in the audience when Donaggio and Miller performed "Io che non vivo (senza te)" and despite having no awareness of the lyrics' meaning the song moved Springfield to tears. Springfield obtained an acetate recording of Donaggio's song but allowed a year to go by before actively pursuing the idea of recording an English version.
On 9 March 1966 Springfield had an instrumental track of Donaggio's composition recorded at Philips Studio Marble Arch: the session personnel included guitarist Big Jim Sullivan and drummer Bobby Graham. Springfield still lacked an English lyric to record: eventually Springfield's friend Vicki Wickham, the producer of Ready Steady Go!, would write the required English lyric with her own friend Simon Napier-Bell who was the manager of the Yardbirds. Neither Wickham nor Napier-Bell had any discernible experience as songwriters: according to Napier-Bell, he and Wickham were dining out when she mentioned to him that Springfield hoped to get an English lyric for Donaggio's song and the two lightheartedly took up the challenge of writing the lyric themselves: "We went back to [Wickham]'s flat and started working on it. We wanted to go to a trendy disco so we had about an hour to write it. We wrote the chorus and then we wrote the verse in a taxi to wherever we were going." Neither Wickham or Napier-Bell had any understanding of the Italian lyrics of the original song: according to Wickham they attempted to write their own lyric for an anti-love song to be called "I Don't Love You"; when that original idea proved unproductive it was adjusted first to "You Don't Love Me" and then "You Don't Have to Love Me" which was finalized as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" to fit the song's melody. Napier-Bell was later to title his first book (an autobiographical account of the British music scene of the 1960s) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me after the song.
Springfield recorded her vocal the next day: unhappy with the acoustics in the recording booth she eventually moved into a stairwell to record. Springfield was not satisfied with her vocal until she'd recorded forty-seven takes.
Released 31 March 1966, the single release of Springfield's recording became a huge hit and remains one of the songs most identified with her. When Dusty died the song was featured on Now 42 as a tribute to her.
The song hit #1 in the UK,and #4 in the USA. The song proved so popular in the USA that Springfield's 1965 album Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty was released there with a slightly different track listing, and titled after the hit single (the B side of the US single, "Little by Little" was issued in the UK as a separate A side and reached #17 there). In 2004, the song made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at #491.
English-language cover versions
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" has been recorded by many artists, including:
- Elvis Presley (Single b/w "Patch It Up") - Recorded June 6, 1970 at RCA's Nashville studios: released October 6, 1970: #11 "Billboard" Hot 100 * No. 1 U.S. easy listening) * #9 UK/ 1-23-1971 * #16 UK (reissue)/ 11-24-2007 * Ireland #17/ chart debut 2-13-1971 * Ireland (reissue) #29/ chart debut 11-15-2007
- Tom Jones, this is Tom Jones, 1970, The Midnight Special - 1976, 1981 U.S. T.V. SPECIALS
- Connie Francis recorded a mixed English/Italian version.
- Clay Aiken as an iTunes exclusive bonus track for his 2010 album Tried and True
- Lynn Anderson
- Jessica Andersson
- Michael Ball
- John Barrowman
- Vic Damone
- Taylor Dayne
- Kiki Dee
- The Floaters - #28 R&B/ December 1977
- The Four Sonics - #32 R&B * #78 "Billboard" Hot 100/ March 1968
- Robert Goulet
- Guys 'n' Dolls - #5 UK/ 3-20-1976 * #1 Ireland/ chart debut 3-18-1976 * #12 the Netherlands/ 9-24-1977 * Belgium (Flemish Region) #8/ 10-1-1977
- Red Hurley - #5 Ireland/ chart debut 5-18-1978
- Tracy Huang (黃鶯鶯/黃露儀), Taiwanese songstress, on her 1980 LP album Songs Of The 60’s
- Teresa Teng on her English album (邓丽君音乐手札07 (英语))
- Jill Johnson
- Patricia Kaas
- Kong Ling (江玲), Hong Kong songstress, on her 1968 LP album Kong Ling Today
- Juliana Luok (陸小雅), Hong Kong songstress, on her 1974 LP album Killing Me Softly
- Brenda Lee
- The Lennon Sisters
- Shelby Lynne
- Maureen McGovern
- Bill Medley
- Lani Misalucha
- Matt Monro
- Olsen Brothers
- Marissa Paternoster for her side project, Noun
- Carla Thomas
- Nadia Turner first sang it on 1960s night (Top 12) during American Idol (season 4), and received judges' acclaim.
- American Idol season 6 finalist Stephanie Edwards
- Ramiele Malubay (released as an American Idol live performance single on the iTunes Music Store in 2008)
- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- Denise Welch whose 1995 remake was a double A-side hit with "Cry Me a River" at #23 UK
- Mel Tormé issued as a bonus track on 1997 CD reissue of Right Now!
- Isao Tomita
- Mary Byrne
- Jerry Vale
- Wall Street Crash, a vocal octet led by Keith Strachan had a #6 hit in Italy with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" in the summer of 1983 after competing with the song at Festivalbar
- In 1983, The Shadows recorded an instrumental version of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me".
- American Idol season 11 finalist Skylar Laine sang a country version of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" on 1960's night.
- Faris Esho - Assyrian-Iraqi Singer.
International cover versions
The Italian original "Io che non vivo" has been remade by Milva, Morgan, Patrizio Buanne and Russell Watson. In October 1965 Richard Anthony recorded a French rendering of "Io che non vivo (senza te)": "Jamais je ne vivrai sans toi", which served as the title cut of an album release. In Quebec Anthony's version of "Jamais je ne vivrai sans toi" competed with a local cover version by Margot Lefebvre with both tracks co-ranked at #38 in the annual ranking of the top hits of 1966. A Catalan rendering of "Io che non vivo" entitled "Jo no puc viure sense tu" was a 1965 single release for Renata. Pino Donaggio himself recorded a Spanish version of the song entitled "Yo que no vivo sin ti"  which was remade in 1971 by Angélica María for her self-titled album and in 1987 by Luis Miguel on his album Soy Como Quiero Ser, Miguel's version ranking at #26 on the Hot Latin Tracks in Billboard.
Most international versions of the song were subsequent to Dusty Springfield's 1966 success with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and reference that version's lyrics rather than the Italian original.
One of the earliest non-English renderings of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" was the Finnish "En koskaan" recorded by Kristina Hautala on May 24, 1966: entering the Finnish Top Ten in November 1966 - in effect succeeding Springfield's version which had peaked at #6 in Finland earlier that month - "En koskaan" spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten peaking at #6. Subsequently "En koskaan" was remade by Lea Laven on her 1978 album release Aamulla Rakkaani Näin, by Kurre (fi) on his 1979 album Jäit Sateen Taa, by Mika Pohjonen (fi) on his 1993 self-titled album release, by Harri Marstio (fi) on his 1993 album release Sateenkaaren pää, and by Topi Sorsakoski on his 1997 album release Kalliovuorten kuu.
Other renderings of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" include that in German: "Alle meine Träume" - (recorded by) Peter Beil (de), also Corry Brokken and also Ingrid Peters; Danish: "Du Kan Gi' Mig Hele Verden" - Grethe Ingmann; Dutch: "Geloof me" - André Hazes; German: "Ich Sage, Wat Ich Meine" - Trude Herr(de); Czech: "Jarní Víra" - Laďka Kozderková (cs); Danish: "Jeg har ikke brug for løfter" - Ulla Pia (da); Croatian, both: "Moju ljubav nisi hteo" - Nada Knežević (sr) and "Nemoj reći da me voliš" - Sanjalice; German: "Unser Traum Darf Niemals Sterben" - Angelika Milster (de); Swedish: "Vackra sagor är så korta" - Marianne Kock (sv), also Jan Höiland (sv) and also Anne-Lie Rydé; and Spanish: "Yo que no vivo sin tí" - Iva Zanicchi.
This song was covered by the late Singaporean singer/songwriter/lyricist Su Yin (舒雲) in Mandarin Chinese language with Chinese lyrics written by himself and given the title name of 祝福你, appearing on his LP album 黃昏放牛＊一片青青的草地, and released by EMI Columbia Records in 1967. While in 1969, Hong Kong songstress Frances Yip (葉麗儀) recorded the song in alternate Mandarin Chinese and English language mode under a title name of 誰令你變心/You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, on her EP album 不了情 with the local Life Records.
Sales and certifications
- Elvis Presley version
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- List of number-one singles from the 1960s (UK)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1970 (U.S.)
- "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 196.
- Tracy Huang 黃鶯鶯 - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me at Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZLZaAOYmpY
- Donaggio's Spanish version on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5mShF_sRNs
- "List of best-selling international singles in Japan". JP&KIYO. 2002. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- "American single certifications – Elvis Presley – You Don_t Have to Say You Love Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-04-25. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH