The artist who recorded the 101 number one song of the day started out as a fallen woman looking for a savior but ended up knocking off one of the Hot 100’s longest running chart toppers. She was born in Hawaii but moved to London where she wound up singing the role of Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Later, when the show moved to Broadway, she relocated to New York. It was there that she met Eric Clapton and sang back up vocals on the guitarist’s fabled “comeback tour.” She also sang vocals on “I Shot the Sheriff.” But she left Clapton after being introduced to the BeeGees who were about to begin recording their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. They wrote a song for her which was contained in that album and she ended up replacing them at the number one spot after they reigned for 8 weeks with “Night Fever.” On May 14, 1978 it was her song that was number one in America and it’s your 101 number one song of the day: Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You.”

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