"I (Who Have Nothing)" (sometimes billed as "I Who Have Nothing") is an English language cover of the Italian song "Uno Dei Tanti" (English: "One of Many"), with music by Carlo Donida and lyrics by Giulio "Mongol" Rapetti. In its initial release, "Uno Dei Tanti" was released by Joe Sentieri in 1961.
The English lyrics for "I (Who Have Nothing)" were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also produced the first English language release, performed by Ben E. King in 1963. The record used the backing track from Joe Sentieri's record (orchestra conducted by Luis Enriquez Bacalov).
Notable cover versions
In the US, the Ben E. King version reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and #16 on the Hot R&B singles chart. Other versions which reached the Billboard charts were performed by Terry Knight and the Pack in 1966 (#46), Liquid Smoke in 1970 (#82), Warhorse in 1972 and Sylvester in 1979 (#40), with a disco-flavored version. The most popular version in the United States was by Tom Jones, which peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart. This version also peaked at #11 in Cashbox.
Shirley Bassey released the song (produced by George Martin) in September 1963, where it reached #6 on UK charts. She performs the song at almost every live concert she gives, and it is on many of her compilation albums, including "I Am What I Am" with the London Symphony Orchestra, and her 1989 album La Mujer where she sings it in Spanish ("Hoy No Tengo Nada"). She has also been instrumental in making Donida's music known to English-speaking audiences through arranging for translations from the Italian, having performed with the composer conducting his own music on Italian television.
Although never released as a single, Luther Vandross and Martha Wash recorded it as a duet, on his 1991 album "Power of Love".
Sylvester - (I (Who Have Nothing) / I Need Somebody to Love Tonight
UK Fantasy Records FTC 171 (1979) 1st UK pressing.
Record produced by Harvey Fuqua and Sylvester.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.
The record centre hole displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.
The record comes with a genric, plain white paper sleeve.