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If You Don't Know Me by Now
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
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Single by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
from the album I Miss You
"Let Me Into Your World"
Released11 September 1972[1]
Format7" 45 RPM
Recorded1972
GenreR&B, soul
Length3:27
LabelPhiladelphia International Records
Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes singles chronology
"I Miss You"
(1972)
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
(1972)
"Yesterday I Had the Blues"
(1973)

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" is a song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and recorded by the Philly soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. It became their first hit after being released as a single in September 1972, topping the US R&B chart and peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. Much like the issue with "I Miss You" and The Dells passing on it, the song's composers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff gave it to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which featured Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the track was included on their debut album I Miss You.

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

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" has since been covered by a number of other artists, most notably the English pop and soul band Simply Red, who took their version to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989.

The song was chosen as one of the "Songs of the Century" by the RIAA.[]

Simply Red version

"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
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Single by Simply Red
from the album A New Flame
"Move on Out"
ReleasedMarch 27, 1989
Format7" single, 12-inch single, CD single
GenreBlue-eyed soul, jazz
Length3:24
LabelElektra
Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Stewart Levine
Simply Red singles chronology
"It's Only Love"
(1989)
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
(1989)
"A New Flame"
(1989)
Music video
"If You Don't Know Me by Now" on YouTube

Simply Red's version of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" was a major commercial success on the charts in 1989, giving the band their second US number one (also topping the Adult Contemporary chart), and peaking at number 38 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[3] This version also won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song of 1989.[4]

The track was also a number one hit in Australia and New Zealand; in the latter, it was the best-selling single of 1989. It peaked at number 2 in the UK; the band's second Top 10 hit after the re-issue of "Holding Back the Years" in 1986, which also reached number 2.

According to the producer Stewart Levine, he didn't want too much orchestration on the record, and went with a two-part harmony instead of a three-part harmony. Mick Hucknall admitted he loved Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' version, and stated he danced to their music when he was 13.[5]

This version can be heard in the film American Psycho (2000), and appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. It is also available to download for the Xbox 360 game Lips, which contains the music video.[]

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
12" 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
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

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[27] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[29] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions

References

  1. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/zs73520
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 393.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 528.
  4. ^ "Winners - 32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)". Recording Academy. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. p. 736. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6403." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6438." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search Results - If You Don't Know Me by Now". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". VG-lista.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Simply Red: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Simply Red Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Simply Red Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Simply Red Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1989". ARIA. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "JAHRESHITPARADE 1989" (in German). Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Singles of '89". RPM (magazine). Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 1989" (PDF). Music & Media. 6 (51): 6. December 23, 1989. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 2020 – via American Radio History.
  24. ^ "End Of Year Charts 1989". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Year-End Charts '89 - Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 3 March 1990. p. 16.
  26. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1989 - Billboard Year End Charts". Archived from the original on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "1989 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "New Zealand single certifications - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat - År 1987-1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ "British single certifications - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2018.Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type If You Don't Know Me by Now in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  31. ^ "American single certifications - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me by Now". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2018.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
  32. ^ "Zap Pow - If You Don't Know Me By Now". YouTube. 2012-02-17. Retrieved .
  33. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944-2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 319. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  34. ^ "Kickin' It Up overview". Allmusic.com.
  35. ^ "Gerald Albright Biography". VerveMusicGroup.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved .
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