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Johnny Farnham & Allison Durbin - Baby Without You (1971)

(Mike Settle)
Australia Australia
#11 Melbourne #4 Brisbane #4 Perth


Duet by stars of the early 70s Australian pop scene: King of Pop Johnny Farnham and New Zealander Allison Durbin. Also on the Farnham-Durbin album Together.

Another supposed Farnham-Durbin duet, Softly Whispering I Love You, never existed, although you will see it mentioned in some places.

Further reading: See Farnham's Sadie The Cleaning Lady at this site, and Bruce Sergent's Allison Durbin page.

Jan Howard - Baby Without You (1971)

(Mike Settle)

Single on Decca by Missouri-born country singer-songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member (b. 1930), married songwriter Harlan Howard in the 50s, sang in duo with Bill Anderson in the 70s.

References: Biography at JanHoward.com. Wikipedia entry on Jan Howard.
Thanks to Out Of The Past Records (UK), Over 50,000 7" Vinyl Records.

Terry Williams - Baby Without You (1969)

(Mike Settle)
Original version

Single on Reprise. Song copyrighted 1969 (US Copyright Office has “Mike Seattle“).

Terry Williams and Mike Settle were both with Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, formed 1967 and also recording for Reprise at this time. Williams and Rogers had been in mainstream folk band The New Christy Minstrels: Settle was the band’s musical director.

Mike Settle also wrote the B-side of this single, Save Your Big Tears For The Movies.

References: Mike Settle, Kenny Rogers and New Christy Minstrels at All Music Guide. US Copyright Office. Mike Settle repertoire at BMI. Mike Settle, Terry Williams at Wikipedia. APRA entry on the song.
Further reading: Review of Mike Settle’s 1971 album at MSN Music. Mike Settle performance at YouTube.

Danny Monday - Baby Without You (1966)

(Ford - Vegas)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as ‘Baby Without You’ by Farnham & Durbin.

Single on Modern, since anthologised as Northern Soul.

Ruby Gibbs - Baby Without You

(Ruby Gibbs)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as ‘Baby Without You’ by Farnham & Durbin.

Single on Popularity label.