Yvonne Elliman, phone home. Or at least Brooklyn.

Radio station WKTU-FM is looking for you. It's putting together a reunion concert featuring the players of the mega-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. And, if you'll recall (well, it has been 20 years), that includes you.

To refresh the memory, your version of the Bee Gees' "If I Can't Have You" was a No. 1 hit.

Audio Clip: Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can't Have You"
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The song was one of seven No. 1 singles from the 1977 landmark double-record collection. (The Gibbs brothers' "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Night Fever," "You Should Be Dancing," and "Jive Talkin'" and Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven," were the others.)

And while some who did time during the disco 1970s would rather forget their lapses in style and fashion, we say you have no reason to stay in hiding (if, indeed, that is where you are). Heck, Denny Terio's coming out for the WKTU show--and he's the friggin' Dance Fever guy.

Actually, the reunion concert sounds pretty cool. It's set for November 1. (A Saturday night, natch.) The location is historic (the nightclub Spectrum--better known in 1977 as 2001 Odyssey, the Brooklyn hang where John Travolta's Tony Manero pointed his finger and cocked his hip, striking that infamous Fever pose); the line-up is cool (the Bee Gees, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, The Trammps and Tavares). Murphy's the only hit-single Fever act--besides you--not on the bill. (A live performance of the studio-hatched "A Fifth of Beethoven" just didn't seem feasible, according to station spokesperson Lanya Larece. "It's not something you sing," she says.)

The station's even going to try to round up some of the movie's actors--including big fish Travolta. So, come on, Yvonne. Doesn't this sound sorta fun?...Well, then give somebody at WKTU your phone number! About the best the radio folks have come up with so far is a tip that places you (maybe) on the West Coast.

The funny thing about your Judge Crater routine, Yvonne, is that you're no one-hit wonder. You had a career before and after Fever--a member of the original Broadway cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, no less.

If you're worried about repeating yourself, don't. Maybe the radio people would let you sneak in some non-Fever songs. Don't think the Bee Gees won't plug their new album, Still Waters--even if you know the crowd of 3,500 will just be counting the minutes until "Stayin' Alive."

So, come on, Yvonne. If we can't have you, it just won't be the same.

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