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A Varied, Underrated Voice
on June 19, 2001
Yvonne Elliman is one of those singers that you recognize on the radio, but can't place. This Hawaiian born singer first achieved status with "Jesus Christ Superstar" as Mary singing, "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and "Everythings Alright". She later ventured into other areas of pop with a cover of "I Can't Explain" and a nice rendition of "Moment By Moment" from a forgettable film (John Travolta and Lily Tomlin as lovers? Gay on Gay?) Anyway, Ms. Elliman got her biggest hits from the Gibb Brothers with her covers of "If I Can't Have You" (#1) and "Love Me". "Hello Stranger" was also a big hit with a trendy beat and since everyone was 'doing disco' at the time, Ms. Elliman did a great job on "Love Pains", one of the more popular 'listenable' dance songs of the era. This is a great collection and a sad one, knowing that this may be her swan song, but, oh, what a great one it is.