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"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
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded Philips Studio, Stanhope Place, London
Genre Pop music
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini, Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"Little by Little"
(1966)
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
(1966)
"Goin' Back"
(1966)

"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is a song recorded by British singer Dusty Springfield. It is an English version of an Italian song called "Io che non vivo (senza te)" (translated: "I, who can't live (without you)") written by Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini. Springfield heard it at the Sanremo Festival in 1965 where it was performed by Donaggio himself and his team partner Jody Miller, and she presented it to Vicki Wickham and Simon Napier-Bell, who wrote the English lyrics for the song. Released in early 1966, the single release of Springfield's recording became a huge hit and remains one of the songs most identified with her.

The song hit #1 in the UK, the only #1 of Springfield's career 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. In 2004, the song made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1] at #491.

Cover versions

In 1976, pop group Guys n' Dolls revived the song for a new generation and scored a No.5 hit with it in the UK Charts.[2]

Other cover versions of the Italian original were recorded among others in French (Moi, qui ne peux vivre by Richard Anthony) and German (Alle meine Träume, by Corry Brokken), and Spanish (Yo que no vivo sin tí by Iva Zanicchi).

Other English-language versions

The song was recorded by several other artists, including:

Preceded by
"Somebody Help Me" by The Spencer Davis Group
UK number one single
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
by Dusty Springfield

28 April 1966 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Pretty Flamingo" by Manfred Mann

References

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