I Don't Want to Go On Without You

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"I Don't Want To Go On Without You"
Single by The Drifters
Released June 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Soul, pop
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Bert Berns and Jerry Wexler
Producer(s) Bert Berns

"I Don't Want to Go On Without You" is soul ballad written by Bert Berns and Jerry Wexler and produced by Bert Berns for The Drifters in 1964.


"I Don't Want to Go On Without You" has been covered by Nazareth, The Escorts (1965), The Moody Blues, The Searchers, Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, Van Morrison and many others.

Dusty Springfield gave an acclaimed performance of "I Don't Want to Go On Without You" on show 4 of her first television series Dusty on 8 September 1966. It has been praised as a highlight of her well-received first series. The performance was included on the Dusty Springfield DVD release Live at the BBC on 8 October 2007.


Originally intended to be the A-side to "Under the Boardwalk," the song was recorded in May 1964 under the direction of songwriter and producer Bert Berns. After the death of The Drifters' lead singer, Rudy Lewis, who unexpectedly died of a heroin overdose the night before, the song was led by longtime Drifters tenor Charlie Thomas.