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"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
Single by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
B-side "Let Me Into Your World"
Released October 1972
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 3:27
Label Philadelphia International Records
Writer(s) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
Single by Simply Red
from the album A New Flame
Released March 27, 1989
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
Genre Ballad
Length 3:24
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Producer Stewart Levine
A New Flame track listing
"She'll have to go"
(8)
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
(9)
"Enough "
(10)

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" is a song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and recorded by the Philadelphia soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which became their first hit after being released as a single in 1972, topping the R&B chart and peaking at number three on the Pop chart.[1]

The song was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. After some revisions, the song was offered to The Dells but they also never recorded it. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes signed to Gamble & Huff's own Philadelphia International label in 1971 and they did record the song, with the late Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the song was included on their eponymous debut album.

Patti LaBelle made the song part of her concert repertoire in 1982. A live version appears on her 1985 album, Patti.

It was later covered by the English pop/soul band Simply Red, also becoming their best-known hit after reaching number one on the U.S. Hot 100 on July 15, 1989 and at number thirty-eight on the Hot Black Singles chart.[2] Overseas, it peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart. It also topped the Canadian Singles Chart. Seal recorded the song for his 2008 album Soul, and, in April 2009, it became his first top-ten Adult Contemporary hit since "Love's Divine" in 2004;[3] the song was subsequently nominated for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy

The song was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by the RIAA. It was featured at the end of Michael Apted's movie Class Action.

It was comically covered by British comedian Ricky Gervais in his character David Brent. A music video was produced and released with BBC's The Office DVD set. American Idol contestant LaToya London additionally covered the song in the season compilation album American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics.

R&B/Pop singer Ciara sampled the chorus of the song for her 2009 single, "Never, Ever", featuring Young Jeezy. The single is from her third album Fantasy Ride.

Contents

Simply Red version

This version of the song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Presents:American Idol.

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Track listings

7" single
  1. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (3:23)
  2. "Move on out" (recorded Live Manchester on February 22, 1989) (5:18)
3" CD single
  1. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (3:23)
  2. "Move on out" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) (5:18)
  3. "Shine" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) (3:30)
  4. "Sugar Daddy" (3:30)

Charts

Chart (1989)[4][5][6][7][8][9] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 12
French Singles Chart 11
Canadian Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 19
Irish Singles Chart 4
Italian Singles Chart 16
New Zealander Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 38
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
US ARC Weekly Top 40 1

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 393.  
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 528.  
  3. ^ Chart Beat, Billboard.com, April 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "Good Thing", in various Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 31, 2008)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)

External links

Preceded by
"I'll Be Around" by The Spinners
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes version)
November 18 - November 25, 1972
Succeeded by
"You Ought to Be With Me" by Al Green
Preceded by
"Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Simply Red version)
July 15, 1989
Succeeded by
"Toy Soldiers" by Martika

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