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"If You Leave Me Now"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago X
B-side "Together Again"
Released July 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop, soft rock
Length 3:58
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Peter Cetera
Producer James William Guercio
Certification Platinum
Chicago singles chronology
"Another Rainy Day in New York City"
(1976)
"If You Leave Me Now"
(1976)
"You Are On My Mind"
(1977)

"If You Leave Me Now" is the title of a popular hit ballad by the American rock group Chicago, from their album Chicago X. It was written and sung by bass guitar player Peter Cetera and released as a single in July 1976.

It is also the title of a compilation album released by Columbia Records (Columbia 38590) in 1983.

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. It also reached the number one spot in the UK, maintaining the position for three weeks. It was popular in multiple radio formats, and at one point during its peak listeners could hear it being played simultaneously on four different New York City radio stations.

"If You Leave Me Now" was also Chicago's biggest hit worldwide, after topping the charts in other countries such as Britain and Australia. It went on to win Grammy Awards for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.

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Cover versions

There have been over 100 versions of "If You Leave Me Now" recorded by artists throughout the world, among them:

Live cover performances

Sampling

  • A sample of the song is used by British electronica duo Lemon Jelly on the 'Nice Weather For Ducks' B-side 'Soft' (2003).

Appearances in other media

  • A few lines of the song are performed by the penguins in the animated film "Happy Feet" (2006).
  • This song appears briefly in the movie Shaun of the Dead.
  • The song is a favorite of the South Park character Butters. He is often shown singing bars of the song in various episodes.
  • This song appears in the Sex and the City episode, "Boy, Interrupted", when Carrie and Stanford dance at the Prom.
  • This song appears in the movie, "A Lot Like Love", in the scene where Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher are driving in the car. It also appears on the soundtrack.
  • This song appears in the movie, "Three Kings", played inside a luxury IRAQI car while the US soldiers are helping refugees escape.
Preceded by
"Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 23, 1976
Succeeded by
"Rock'n Me" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Mississippi" by Pussycat
UK number one single
November 13, 1976 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Under the Moon of Love" by Showaddywaddy







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