If You Leave Me Now

"If You Leave Me Now" is the title of a hit ballad by the American rock group Chicago, from their album Chicago X. It was written and sung by bass player Peter Cetera and released as a single on July 31, 1976. It is also the title of a Chicago compilation album released by Columbia Records (Columbia 38590) in 1983.

"If You Leave Me Now"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago X
B-side"Together Again"
ReleasedJuly 31, 1976 (1976-07-31)[1]
Format7"
RecordedMarch  April 1976[1]
GenreSoft rock[2][3]
Length3:55
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Peter Cetera
Producer(s)James William Guercio
Chicago singles chronology
"Another Rainy Day in New York City"
(1976)
"If You Leave Me Now"
(1976)
"You Are On My Mind"
(1977)

The single topped the US charts on October 23, 1976, and stayed there for two weeks, making it the first number one hit for the group as well as hitting number one on the Easy Listening charts.[4] "If You Leave Me Now" was also Chicago's biggest hit internationally, topping the charts in other countries such as the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Netherlands. In the UK it maintained the number one position for three weeks.[5] It was one of only five "non-disco" songs to make it to number one in the US in a nine-month period of 1976.[6] According to writer Zachary Houle of PopMatters, "The song was so pervasive on radio upon its release that, reportedly, those tuning in in New York could hear the song playing on four different stations, each with varying formats, simultaneously."[7]

The song won Grammy Awards for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) (strings) for arranger Jimmie Haskell[8] and producer James William Guercio[9] and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus,[10] the first Grammy Award won by the group.[11] It also received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.[12] In addition, by August 1978 it had sold 1.4 million copies in the United States alone.[13] It has been certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.[14]

In 2010 Chicago teamed with the American Cancer Society and offered the opportunity to bid on the chance to sing their hit, "If You Leave Me Now" with them on stage live at their concerts, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer.[15] The fund raising effort has continued in succeeding years.[16][17][18]

Composition

Peter Cetera originally wrote "If You Leave Me Now" at the same time as Chicago VII's "Wishing You Were Here", and composed it on a guitar.[19] According to information on the sheet music for the song at MusicNotes, "If You Leave Me Now" is written in the key of B major, and Cetera's vocal range varies between F sharp 4 (F♯4) and D sharp 6 (D♯6).[20]

Personnel

According to Mike Stahl, Chicago's live audio engineer during the 1970s, Terry Kath would always "quietly" walk off stage when the band was about to perform "If You Leave Me Now" because he was not present in the studio when the band recorded the song, and since he wasn't on the recording "he would never, ever play it live."[21]

Chart performance

Certifications

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[48] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

The song has been featured in the movies Three Kings (1999),[51] Shaun of the Dead (2004),[52] A Lot Like Love (2005),[53] Happy Feet (2006),[54] and Daddy's Home 2 (2017); the television series Sex and the City[55] and South Park[56]; and the video game Grand Theft Auto V.[57]

Chess versions

"If You Leave Me Now"
Single by Chess
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1993
FormatCD maxi
Recorded1992
GenreDance
Length3:53
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Peter Cetera
Producer(s)Boogie Park, Brothers United

In 1992, the german music group Chess covered the song and landed a modest success. While the original is a ballad, the version of Chess is much more danceable and adapted to the state of dance music of the 1990s. Their cover version is also on the compilations Larry präsentiert: Neue Smash-Hits 93 (englisch: Larry presents: New Smash-Hits 93) und Maxi Dance Sensation 9.

Track listings

CD-Maxi

  1. If You Leave Me Now (Airplay Mix) - 3:53
  2. If You Leave Me Now (12" After Dark mix) - 5:13
  3. Please, Don't Leave Me (Instrumental Mystery Mix) - 5:16

Charts

Chart (1993) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 67[58]

Other cover versions

Peter Cetera re-recorded "If You Leave Me Now" as a solo artist for his 1997 album You're the Inspiration: A Collection,[59] and most recently recorded a duet version of the song with Italian vocalist, Filippa Giordano, for her 2018 album, Friends and Legends Duets.[60][61]

The website SecondHandSongs lists over 90 covers of "If You Leave Me Now" by recording artists from around the world between 1976 and 2018, among them:[62]

British DJ, producer, songwriter and former member of the Outlaw Posse, K-Gee, and Michelle Escoffery performed a hip hop remix of "If You Leave Me Now" for K-Gee's 2002 album, Bounce to This. In 2000, K-Gee told Billboard writer Kwaku that he thought the chorus of "If You Leave Me Now" "'sounds phat.'"[76]

Live cover performances

See also

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