I (Who Have Nothing); (sometimes billed as I Who Have Nothing) is a song originally released in English by Ben E. King in 1963.
The song was included in the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
The original English Ben E. King version was released in 1963 and reached #29 on the Billboard charts. 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). The most popular version in the United States was by Tom Jones, peaking at #11 in Cashbox and at #14 in Billboard in the fall of 1970. Jones lip-synched to the hit recording on a highly rated Raquel Welch television special that summer.
Shirley Bassey released the song (produced by George Martin) in September 1963, reaching #6 on the 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.
Other versions of “I (Who Have Nothing)” include recordings by Blue Mink, Brook Benton, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Dee Dee (nl), Neil Diamond, Patti Drew, Kerry Ellis, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Candice Glover, Bob Guillaume, Jedi Mind Tricks, Googoosh, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, Terry Knight and the Pack, Al Kooper, Ijahman Levi, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Liza Minnelli, Donny Osmond, Status Quo as the Spectres, Normie Rowe, Haley Reinhart, Jordin Sparks, Sylvester, Mary Byrne, Luther Vandross & Martha Wash, Dee Dee Warwick, and Liquid Smoke.
The song has also been rendered in Dutch as “Nee…” recorded by Milly Scott (1964), in Finnish as “En ole mitään” recorded by Pasi & Pekka (fi) (1970) also by Lea Laven (album Se jokin 1970) and as “En ou mittään” by Esa Pakarinen (fi) (1972), in French as “Sans Toi” par Joe Sentieri himself in 1961 and as “Moi (Je Ne Suis Plus Rien)” recorded by Sylvie Vartan (1967), in German as “Du” recorded by Mary Roos (1972), in Greek as “Agapi (Love)” recorded by Marinella for her 1992 album I Marinella Tragouda Megales Kyries, in Romanian as “Eu, Care Nu Am Nimic” recorded by Aurelian Andreescu for his 1974 self-titled album, and in Spanish as “Uno de tantos” recorded by Enrique Guzmán (1963).