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"I Won't Last a Day Without You" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Williams and music composed by Roger Nichols. It became a hit single for the Carpenters in 1974, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the easy listening chart.[1] It was the Carpenters' ninth number one on the easy listening chart.

"I Won't Last a Day Without You"
I Won't Last a Day Without You.jpg
Cover to the single "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
Single by Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
B-side"One Love"
ReleasedMarch 25, 1974
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Paul Williams; Roger Nichols
Producer(s)Jack Daugherty
Carpenters singles chronology
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
"I Won't Last a Day Without You"
"Please Mr. Postman"
A Song for You track listing
Side one
  1. "A Song for You"
  2. "Top of the World"
  3. "Hurting Each Other"
  4. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  5. "Goodbye to Love"
  6. "Intermission"
Side two
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
  2. "Flat Baroque"
  3. "Piano Picker"
  4. "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
  5. "Crystal Lullaby"
  6. "Road Ode"
  7. "A Song for You (Reprise)"

In 1972, Richard Carpenter had learned of a new song by Williams and Nichols, who had already contributed "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" to the Carpenters. He included it on their 1972 album A Song for You, but it would not be released as a single until 1974. Before then, Diana Ross heard it and included it on her 1973 album Touch Me in the Morning, as well as the B side of the title track single release, which became a number-one hit. Williams 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), reaching #89 Billboard, #72 Cash Box and #14 Adult Contemporary. In Canada, her version reached #12 AC.[2] The Carpenters' version was released as a single the following year.

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[3] 7
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[4] 1
Oricon International Singles Chart 1
Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 11
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 1
US Cash Box Top 100 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Position
Canada[8] 104
US Cash Box [9] 99

Other versionsEdit

Many other versions of the song have been recorded by famous artists. Among the most notable of the cover versions is Al Wilson's recording for his 1974 album La La Peace Song which featured "I Won't Last a Day Without You" in a medley with another Nichols/Williams composition: "Let Me Be the One". The medley was issued as a single in December 1974 to reach #18 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine while crossing over to both Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (#39) and the mainstream Pop chart the Billboard Hot 100 (#70).


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 107.
  2. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, November 30, 1973
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  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Carpenters Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Carpenters Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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