Since I Don't Have You

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"Since I Don't Have You"
Since I Don't Have You.jpg
Single by The Skyliners
from the album The Skyliners
B-side ""One Night, One Night""
Released December 1958
Format 7"
Recorded 1958
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:40
Label Calico
Songwriter(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 written and composed by Jackie Taylor, James Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joseph Rock, Joe Verscharen, Lennie Martin, and Wally Lester. It was a 1958 hit single for the doo-wop group the Skyliners on the Billboard Hot 100. Country music singer Ronnie Milsap had a hit with the song in 1991. Guns N' Roses also had some success in 1994 with their top ten hit cover on the UK Singles Chart.

The Skyliners version[edit]


Taken from their self-titled album and released in late 1958, the single reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 7 on the Cash Box Top 100.[1] It was also a top five hit on the 1959 R&B chart. It was highlighted by lead singer Jimmy Beaumont's powerful vocals, and the counterpoint between his falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano, on her final chorus.

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, Shag and Mischief, and television shows such as Happy Days and American Hot Wax.

Chart performance[edit]

Don McLean version[edit]

"Since I Don't Have You"
Since I Don't Have You - Don McLean.jpg
Single by Don McLean
from the album Chain Lightning
B-side ""Your Cheatin' Heart""
Released October 1981
Genre Easy listening
Label Millennium
Songwriter(s) Don McLean
Producer(s) Larry Butler
Don McLean singles chronology
"Since I Don't Have You"
"It's Just the Sun"

Don McLean's 1981 rendition, reaching number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the cover version to come closest to the success of the Skyliners' original in the USA. It was a major Adult Contemporary hit, reaching number six in the U.S.[4] and number two in Canada.[5]


Chart (1981) Peak
Canada Top Singles 45
Canada Adult Contemporary[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 23
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 6
US Billboard Country 68
US Cash Box Top 100 28

Ronnie Milsap version[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 July 13, 1991
Format CD single
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 number 6 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1991.[8] 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]

Weekly charts (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 25
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 6
Year-end charts (1991) Rank
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[12] 84
US Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 67

Guns N' Roses version[edit]

"Since I Don't Have You"
Since I Don't Have You by Guns N' Roses US cassette artwork.jpg
US commercial cassette single
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album The Spaghetti Incident?
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"
International edition
Artwork for CD and vinyl editions
Artwork for CD and vinyl editions


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 (1994–1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[14] 47
France (SNEP)[15] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 48
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 69


Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1959/Top 100 Songs of 1959". Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  3. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1959
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  5. ^[permanent dead link]s/rpm/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=6078&
  6. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, July 4, 1981]]
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1640." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 5, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Ronnie Milsap.
  11. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ " – Guns N' Roses – Since I Don't Have You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  15. ^ " – Guns N' Roses – Since I Don't Have You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Guns N' Roses". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  17. ^ " – Guns N' Roses – Since I Don't Have You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  18. ^ " – Guns N' Roses – Since I Don't Have You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  19. ^ "Guns N' Roses: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "Guns N' Roses – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Guns N' Roses. Retrieved March 26, 2017.

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