Today in 1993, Kim Wilde released her single 'If I can't have you', a cover of a song originally recorded by the Bee Gees (who wrote it) and Yvonne Elliman (who had a hit with it). Elliman's version was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie 'Saturday Night Fever' and reached number 1 in the USA and Canada in 1978.
Kim recorded her cover version to support the release of her greatest hits compilation 'The Singles Collection 1981-1993'. Her version reached number 12 in the UK singles chart and did reasonably well in European countries. The one territory where this single fared best was Australia, where it peaked at number 2. Eventually it become one of the biggest contributing factors of her first live tour in that country.
According to Kim, the song was suggested by her sister-in-law Mandy. 'She'd make a brilliant A&R girl. Rick and I had discussed the possibility of doing another cover to put on The Singles Collection, to help us get some profile for it, but we just couldn't find the right song. We tried a diverse range. We tried one by Colin Blunstone called 'I don't believe in miracles', which sounded lovely, but not like a hit. We tried another Diana Ross song, but that sounded a little tired. There were some great songs but they just didn't suit my voice. That's the 'X' factor and it's a happy coincidence that this one did. Selecting a cover is not as easy as it sounds, it's not just a matter of choosing a great song.'