"Since I Don't Have You" is a song written and composed by Jackie Taylor, James Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joseph Rock, Joe Verscharen, Lennie Martin, and Wally Lester. It was a 1958 hit single for the doo-wop group the Skyliners on the Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded by Barbra Streisand in 1974. Country music singer Ronnie Milsap had a hit with the song in 1991. Guns N' Roses also had some success in 1994 with their top ten hit cover on the UK Singles Chart.
Taken from their self-titled album and released in late 1958, the single reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 7 on the Cash Box Top 100. It was also a top five hit on the 1959 R&B chart. It was highlighted by lead singerJimmy Beaumont's powerful vocals, and the counterpoint between his falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano, on her final chorus, when Beaumont repeats the word "YOU" 13 times. The song is noted for its string and wind sections.
Don McLean's 1981 rendition, reaching number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the cover version to come closest to the success of the Skyliners' original in the USA. It was a major Adult Contemporary hit, reaching number six in the U.S. and number two in Canada.
In the UK, Art Garfunkel reached #38 in July 1979, #53 in the U.S. (Billboard Hot 100) and number five on the Adult Contemporary chart.
In 1994, the song was incorporated into the first Broadway revival of Grease as a solo for Sandy, near the end of the first act, and sung by Susan Wood. Subsequent versions of the musical have not included the song.