1976 Yvonne Elliman – Love Me
Yvonne Elliman grew up in Honolulu, the daughter of a Japanese father and an Irish mother. She practiced playing several different instruments beginning at age four and became most proficient on the guitar. While in high school, she joined the folk group We Folk and competed in talent shows. After graduation, she took the advice of one of her teachers and moved to London in 1969 to work on a career in music.
Yvonne’s big break came when Tim Rice and We Folk cast her in 1970 as one of the singers on the original audio recording for the play Jesus Christ Superstar. Yvonne was cast in the play’s traveling show and played the part of Mary Magdalene.
Her new recording of the song I Don’t Know How To Love Him reached #28 on the US Hot 100 at the same time in 1971 that Helen Reddy’s version peaked at #13. Yvonne moved to New York and joined the first Broadway version of the play.
Yvonne sang background vocals on Eric Clapton’s hit record I Shot The Sheriff and subsequently sang on several of Eric’s albums.
Her second and third albums failed to put any of her singles back on the Hot 100, but in 1977 she recorded a song written by the Bee Gees, Love Me. The single reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart.
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