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4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings
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20th Century Masters-The Millenium Yvonne Elliman

It isn't just her voice but the way she uses it to sing her songs. She feels the music and not only sings it. I feel this is what sets her apart from other singers and the music portrays this extremely well. She sings from the heart and with her heart...and it comes out in her music.

Nick 58

Genius

Yvonne is a one-of -a kind singer. She hit the airwaves in the 70's amidst tons of talented singers and carved her own niche which still stands alone to this day some thirty years later. Only Karen Carpenter and the Three Degrees begin to come close to her style of delivery.Her song stylings are timeless.

Lotus Steel Blossom

Classy

Elliman's voice is pure smoothness, coolness and silky... one of the best songstress of the 70's.

About Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman had a brief moment in the spotlight during the middle of the '70s, yet she appeared on many of the decade's biggest hits as a backing singer. While she was in high school in Hawaii, Elliman sang in a group called We Folk. She moved to London in 1969 and began singing at the Pheasantry folk club, located on Kings Road in Chelsea. It was here that songwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice discovered her. The duo offered her the role of Mary Magdalene in their new rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar; the role brought her instant fame. Elliman played the Magdalene character in the film version of Superstar, for which she won a Golden Globe award; it also gave her a hit with "I Don't Know How to Love Him." The hit single became the title of her debut album, which was released in 1972. Pete Townshend helped Elliman prepare her second album, 1973's Food of Love. During this time, she appeared in the American production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, where she met Bill Oakes, the president of RSO Records; the two married soon afterward. Oakes introduced her to Eric Clapton, inviting her to sing backup vocals on "I Shot the Sheriff." Elliman became part of the guitarist's band afterward; she stayed with him for five years.

She joined RSO's roster in 1975, releasing the Steve Cropper-produced Rising Sun. Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb wrote the title song for Elliman's next album, 1976's Love Me; the song became a U.K. hit, paving the way for her greatest chart success, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The Bee Gees wrote several songs on the soundtrack specifically for Elliman, including the number one single "If I Can't Have You." She released two more albums and went back to session work, but she returned in 2004 with the Simple Needs EP and continued to perform well into the 2010s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Honolulu, HI
GENRE
Pop
BORN
December 29, 1951

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