How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (4:23)

Cover of The Platinum Collection

From The Platinum Collection and 12 other releases

“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” is a song originally recorded by Laura Branigan in 1983. The song, written by Michael Bolton and Doug James, was recorded by Bolton later the same decade. The song was first performed in 1985, by actress Lisa Hartman as a music video on the nighttime soap opera, Knots Landing. As the second single from Branigan’s second solo album Branigan 2 spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at number twelve on the Hot 100 in early-October 1983. Branigan’s single also hit the number-one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart in Canada. This success came without benefit of a music video. Branigan performed the song on the syndicated music countdown show Solid Gold in late 1983 and on the popular holiday special Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Michael Bolton and Doug James co-wrote the song and Branigan’s record was their first major hit as songwriters. Bolton, whose own recording career would not take off until 1987, went on to co-write the rock ballad “I Found Someone” for Branigan’s Hold Me album in 1985. Another song co-written by Bolton and James, “It’s Been Hard Enough Getting Over You”, was recorded by Branigan in 1993 for Over My Heart. Though Branigan 2 went out of print in 2004, Branigan’s original version appears on the albums The Best of Branigan (1995), The Essentials: Laura Branigan (2002) and The Platinum Collection (2006).

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  • discotequedude

    Laura's original interpretation of this song narrowly missed the Top 10, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. I prefer Laura's interpretation of the song more than Michael's.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • dodv

    Laura recorded it first. Michael Bolton was one of the writers though.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    So did michael bolton record this first,or did laura Branigan.???

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • awffle

    YES

    25 Jan 2010 Reply

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