Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)

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"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"
Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) - Stylistics.jpg
Single by The Stylistics
from the album The Best of the Stylistics, Vol. 2
B-side "I'd Rather Be Hurt by You (Than Be Loved by Somebody Else)"
Released 1975 (1975)
Genre R&B, soul
Label Avco
Songwriter(s) Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
The Stylistics singles chronology
"Sing Baby Sing"
(1975)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"
(1975)
"Na-Na Is the Saddest Word"
(1975)
"Sing Baby Sing"
(1975)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"
(1975)
"Na-Na Is the Saddest Word"
(1975)

"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" is a 1975 single by The Stylistics. It reached number one for three weeks in the UK in August 1975.[1]

After splitting from record producer Thom Bell in 1974, songwriters/producers Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss took over, with arrangements by Van McCoy. Although the split with Bell negatively affected the group in the US, The Stylistics continued to be popular in the UK and this was their first and only UK number one single. The track reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 18 on the corresponding US R&B chart.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1975, French female singer Nicoletta sang a French version of this song entitled "A Quoi Sert de Vivre Libre".

Also in 1975, the song was covered by American jazz bassist and composer Ron Carter on his album "Anything Goes"

This song appeared in the film 8 Femmes (2002) directed by Francois Ozon. In the film, the song was performed by Fanny Ardant.

In 1991, it was covered by the German singer Thomas Anders as well as Hong Kong artist, Gloria Yip, who released a Japanese version.

In 1996, the song was covered by Irish boyband OTT.

In 2006, it was used as the base for a Japanese advertisement campaign by Gatsby, to launch their new male hair styling product, 'Moving Rubber'. The campaign was successful due to the tune and that the commercial featured one of Japan's most popular celebrities, Takuya Kimura, of the pop group, SMAP. They were also featured guests on SMAP's television show SMAP×SMAP, one of the highest rated shows in Japan.

Thomas Anders version[edit]

"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"
Single by Thomas Anders
from the album Whispers
B-side "Más que amor (Can't Give You Anything But My Love)"
Released August 1991 (1991-08)
Format 7" and 12" single, CD Maxi and video
Recorded 1990
Genre Europop
Length 4:10
Label East West
Songwriter(s) George David Weiss
Producer(s) Mike Paxman and Paul Muggleton
Thomas Anders singles chronology
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"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"
(1991)
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"The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye" "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" "True Love"

The cover version by Thomas Anders was the second single off his second album, Whispers. The single included versions in both English and Spanish ("Más que amor").

Track listings[edit]

7" single EastWest 9031-75025-7 (Warner), 08.1991[14]
  1. "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" – 4:10
  2. "Más que amor" – 4:09
12" Single EastWest 9031-76005-0 (Warner), 08.1991[14]
  1. 'Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" (Basic Love Mix) – 5:07
  2. "Más que amor" (Spanish Club Mix) – 5:09
  3. "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" (Instrumental Groove Mix) – 5:11
CD-Maxi EastWest 9031-75026-2 (Warner), 08.1991[14]
  1. "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" (Radio version) – 4:10
  2. "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" (Extended version) — 6:43
  3. "Más que amor" (Extended version) — 6:44
  4. "Más que amor" — 4:09

Chart positions[edit]

The single stayed five weeks on the German charts, from October 14 to November 24, 1991, peaking at number 73.

Chart (1991) Highest
position
 Germany[15] 73

Credits[edit]

  • Producer: Mike Paxman and Paul Muggleton
  • Publisher: Music Sales Crop, Melodie der Welt MV
  • Mix: Mark "Tufte" Evans
  • Lyrics: George David Weiss
  • Spanish lyrics: Gómez y Argandoña G.
  • Music: George David Weiss
  • Chorus: Judie Tzuke, Paul Muggleton, Don Snow, Deborah Robson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Allmusic - Charts & Awards
  3. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  4. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  5. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  6. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  7. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=2664
  8. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  9. ^ http://tsort.info/music/9aqwpj.htm
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 248. 
  12. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. January 10, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  14. ^ a b c Discogs accessed April 15, 2011
  15. ^ Musicline accessed April 15, 2011
Preceded by
"Barbados" by Typically Tropical
UK Singles Chart number one single
August 16, 1975 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sailing" by Rod Stewart