I Want to Be a Smash: Top Ten Show Tunes to Make the Pop Charts Since 1964

By Ben Rimalower
26 Apr 2014



Yvonne Elliman

6. "Superstar"/"I Don't Know How To Love Him"

Before Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, opened on stage on the West End or Broadway, it had a successful release as a concept album, resulting in hit singles of both "Superstar" (sung by Murray Head) and "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (sung by Yvonne Elliman). Head's recording of the title tune charted several times in 1970 and 1971, eventually peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Elliman's single of "I Don't Know How to Love Him" climbed the chart too, although it faced competition from recordings of the song by Helen Reddy (who had a major hit with it) and Petula Clark.

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