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Elton John – I Can’t Go On Living Without You

I Can’t Go On Living Without You has been unveiled to celebrate the release of Elton John’s Jewel Box, released today via UMe. Multiple GRAMMY winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber) has given the unreleased 1968 mix – one of the many gems of Jewel Box – a 2020 polish in time to celebrate one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Watch Here.

The 1968 original captures the sound of a long-lost swinging London and typified the writing-to-order pop that Elton John and Bernie Taupin had been contracted to Dick James Music to deliver for other artists to cover.

Written and recorded at DJM studios in Central London in Spring 1968, “I Can’t Go On Living Without You” was selected for consideration for the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry the following year. Six songs were chosen for the public vote for Lulu to take the winner forward to the competition’s final in Madrid that March. To get to the final six for songwriters of that day was prestigious enough. Another aspiring team – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – submitted a song entitled “Try It And See,” which, according to Rice, didn’t even make the final 50. A year or so later, new lyrics were provided, and it became “Herod’s Song” in Jesus Christ Superstar.

“I Can’t Go On Living Without You” was sung by Lulu on her BBC1 primetime show Happening For Lulu on Saturday, February 1, 1969. “Back then, Eurovision wasn’t quite the orgy of embarrassment it is now, but still, it wasn’t like Pink Floyd, and Soft Machine were queuing up to get involved,” Elton wrote in his acclaimed, best selling memoir Me. In fact, he revealed, although credited to Bernie, he had written the lyrics by himself. On the following Monday, the composing team Bill Martin and Phil Coulter (who had written the previous year’s Eurovision entry,  Congratulations) reviewed I Can’t Go On Living Without You, the fourth of the six contenders, in the Daily Express. Martin wrote, “I strained my ears to hear a non-existent melody coupled with a pathetic lyric.” Coulter added, “a very unimaginative title for what is just a dull and uninteresting song.” Elton wrote in his diary on Monday, February 3: “Went into the office. General reaction to Lulu – not very good.”

When the final result came through a fortnight later, the song had come sixth in the audience poll. Out of six. It had received 5087 votes. Ironically, it was beaten into last place by a song called Are You Ready For Love? (but not the one Elton was to take to No. 1 in 2003). The song that Lulu did take forward, “Boom Bang-A-Bang,” garnered 56476 votes.

Although Lulu was to be the joint winner of Eurovision that year, “I Can’t Go On Living Without You” did attract some cover versions; Cilla Black recorded it on her 1970 album, Sweet Inspiration; Pickettywitch singer Polly Brown released it on the flip side of “So In Love” in 1973, and Sandie Shaw’s version belatedly came out in 2004.

Now it’s time to hear the Elton original for the first time. ‘I Can’t Go On Living Without You’ is three fabulous minutes of the zingy easy listening pop of the day, with a catchy chorus and a memorable hook.

The track is accompanied by a new lyric video from Ladybug Studios where, like the track itself, the song’s swingin’ 60s vintage will be given a fresh and contemporary twist. It features images of Elton and Bernie from the period.

Elton: Jewel Box is available now as deluxe 8CD and 9LP box sets, standalone 4LP, 3LP, and 2LP breakouts. On streaming services, we’re celebrating its wealth of rarities, deep cuts, and B-sides via a series of regular three-song batches, culminating with the complete ‘Jewel Box’ appearing, in full, in March for Elton’s 75th birthday.

POWERHOUSE FEMALE PERFORMERS × WYNN LV

Wynn Las Vegas’ “Encore Theater,” features hot performances by Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Diana is celebrating her 75th birthday diamond jubilee with her show “Diamond Diana”; Melissa will perform material from her new album, “The Medicine Show”; and Pat Benatar will perform her greatest hits with husband/musican Neil Giraldo during their remarkable 40th Anniversary tour this year.

DIANA ROSS (6/5, 6/7, 6/8, 6/12, 6/14, 6/15; 8/14, 8/16, 8/17, 8/21, 8/23, 8/24)

Due to high demand, Diana Ross will continue her 75th birthday diamond jubilee celebrations with the return of “Diamond Diana” this summer at Wynn Las Vegas. Ross will present 12 additional performances of the radiant production at Encore Theater, June 5 – 15; and August 14-24. Honoring her multi-decade career in the music industry, the launch of “Diamond Diana” in February saw sold-out crowds and special appearances by Ross’ family members. Throughout the show, fans can enjoy back-to-back performances of Ross’ renowned chart-toppers, as well as an intimate Q&A with the international music icon. Ross will celebrate her enduring collection of award-winning songs, brilliant new costumes and timeless memories in this exclusive, self-named powerhouse production at Wynn. Among her many accolades, Ross is a recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, has been recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is a 12-time GRAMMY Award nominee.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE (7/12 – One Night Only)

GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is set to make her Wynn Las Vegas debut this summer. For one-night-only, Etheridge will bring “The Medicine Show” tour to the intimate Encore Theater on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.

With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, five platinum and three multi-platinum records, and 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and two GRAMMY wins, Etheridge has established herself as a music icon. Recently she released her latest album, The Medicine Show, released via Concord Records. The namesake of her tour, The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. Through the songs she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels; “Shaking” about national anxiety, the unifying “Human Chain” about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic “Love Will Live.” More highlights include the album-closer, “Last Hello” drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious “Wild and Lonely,” and “Faded By Design,” exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO (8/2 & 8/3)

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Pat Benatar and trailblazing producer and performer Neil Giraldo will make their Wynn Las Vegas debut together this summer in their self-named, two-night engagement at Encore Theater on Aug. 2 and 3. The limited engagement of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will serve as part of the duo’s upcoming tour, marking a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their musical career. Benatar and Giraldo first met in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City in 1979 and have since gone on to create two multi-platinum records, five platinum records, three gold albums and 19 Top 40 hits. In addition, together they have sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards. Their undeniable chemistry and unique sound has led to the creation of notable rock hits such as “Love Is A Battlefield,” “We Live For Love” and “Invincible.”

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