Written and first single release by Paul Williams (1973).
Hit versions by Maureen McGovern (US #84/MOR #19 1973), Diana Ross (B-side US #1 1973), The Carpenters (1972 |US #11/MOR #1/UK #9/CAN #7/JPN #40 1974).
From the wiki: “‘I Won’t Last a Day Without You’ was co-written by Paul Williams (‘We’ve Only Just Begun’) and Roger Nichols. He 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), with results similar to those of Williams. Diana Ross covered the song for her 1973 album Touch Me in the Morning, and it was released as the B-side of the title track single release, ‘Touch Me in the Morning’, which became a #1 hit.
“It was in 1972 when Richard Carpenter first learned of the new song from Williams and Nichols, who had already contributed ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ and ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ to the Carpenters. Carpenter produced the recording that was included it on the Carpenters’ 1972 album A Song for You, but it would not be released as a single until 1974 when it would go US Top-20 and Top-10 in the UK and Canada.
“Mel Tormé also recorded a version of the song, in 1978, in collaboration with Buddy Rich, culminating with Tormé holding one of the longest last notes in showbiz history: a full six-and-a-half bars.”
Maureen McGovern, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” (1973):
Diana Ross, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” (1973):
The Carpenters, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” (1974):
Mel Torme (with Buddy Rich), “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” (1978):