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 Carpenters|
|from the album A Song for You|
|Released||March 25, 1974|
|Songwriter(s)||Paul Williams; Roger Nichols|
|Carpenters singles chronology|
|A Song for You track listing|
"I Won't Last a Day Without You" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Williams and music composed by Roger Nichols. It became a hit single for the Carpenters in 1974, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the easy listening chart. It was the Carpenters' ninth number one on the easy listening chart.
In 1972, Richard Carpenter had learned of a new song by Williams and Nichols, who had already contributed "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" to the Carpenters. He included it on their 1972 album A Song for You, but it would not be released as a single until 1974. Before then, Diana Ross heard it and included it on her 1973 album Touch Me in the Morning, as well as the B side of the title track single release, which became a number-one hit. 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), reaching #89 Billboard, #72 Cash Box and #14 Adult Contemporary. In Canada, her version reached #12 AC. The Carpenters' version was released as a single the following year.
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||7|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary||1|
|Oricon International Singles Chart||1|
|Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart||40|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||32|
|US Billboard Hot 100||11|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|US Cash Box Top 100||9|
|US Cash Box ||99|
Many other versions of the song have been recorded by famous artists. Among the most notable of the cover versions is Al Wilson's recording for his 1974 album La La Peace Song which featured "I Won't Last a Day Without You" in a medley with another Nichols/Williams composition: "Let Me Be the One". The medley was issued as a single in December 1974 to reach #18 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine while crossing over to both Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (#39) and the mainstream Pop chart the Billboard Hot 100 (#70).
- Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
- Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, orchestration
- Joe Osborn - bass
- Tony Peluso - electric guitar
- Hal Blaine - drums
- Louie Shelton - electric guitar
- Earl Dumler - English horn
- Uncredited - tambourine
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 107.
- RPM Adult Contemporary, November 30, 1973
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- "Carpenters Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- "Carpenters Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)