If You Leave Me Now

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"If You Leave Me Now"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago X
B-side"Together Again"
ReleasedJuly 1976[1]
Format7"
RecordedMarch–April 1976[1]
GenreSoft rock
Length3:58
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Peter Cetera
Producer(s)James William Guercio
CertificationPlatinum
Chicago singles chronology
"Another Rainy Day in New York City"
(1976)
"If You Leave Me Now"
(1976)
"You Are On My Mind"
(1977)
 
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"If You Leave Me Now"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago X
B-side"Together Again"
ReleasedJuly 1976[1]
Format7"
RecordedMarch–April 1976[1]
GenreSoft rock
Length3:58
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Peter Cetera
Producer(s)James William Guercio
CertificationPlatinum
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 as well as hitting number one on the Easy Listening charts.[2] It also reached number one in the UK on November 13, 1976, maintaining the position for three weeks.[3]

"If You Leave Me Now" was also Chicago's biggest hit worldwide, topping the charts in other countries such as Australia. It won Grammy Awards for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. In addition, by August 1978 it had sold 1.4 million copies in the United States alone.[4]

The song had been featured in some several television series and movies such as in 2005 romantic film A Lot like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet and it is also included on the film's soundtrack.

For the past several years Chicago has 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. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976)Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[5]2
Canadian Singles Chart[6]1
Dutch Singles Chart[7]1
German Singles Chart[8]3
New Zealand Singles Chart[9]2
UK Singles Chart[3]1
US Billboard Hot 100[2]1
US Adult Contemporary[2]1
Chart (1977)Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[10]3
Norwegian Singles Chart[11]4
Swedish Singles Chart[12]2
Swiss Singles Chart[13]3
Preceded by
"Disco Duck (part one)" by Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 23-November 5, 1976
Succeeded by
"Rock 'N Me" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Mississippi" by Pussycat
UK singles chart number-one single
November 13-December 12, 1976
Succeeded by
"Under the Moon of Love" by Showaddywaddy

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[14]Gold5,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[15]Gold500,000^
United States (RIAA)[16]Platinum2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

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

Live cover performances[edit]

Sampling[edit]

Appearance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Very Best Of: Only the Beginning (Media notes). Chicago. Rhino. 2002. pp. 10, 13. R2 76170.
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 55. 
  3. ^ a b "1976 The Number One Singles | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Green, Paul (August 26, 1978). "Platinum Singles Top '76–'77 Years". Billboard 90 (34): 114. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top Singles". RPM 26 (2): 23. October 9, 1976. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Single – Chicago, If You Leave Me Now". charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chicago – If You Leave Me Now – Austriancharts.at". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Chicago – If You Leave Me Now – Hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". Music Canada. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 10, 2013.  Enter If You Leave Me Now in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Chicago – If You Leave Me Now". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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