50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
|"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"|
|Single by Paul Simon|
|from the album Still Crazy After All These Years|
|Genre||Soft rock, folk rock|
|Producer(s)||Paul Simon, Phil Ramone|
|Paul Simon singles chronology|
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is a 1975 hit song by Paul Simon, from his album Still Crazy After All These Years. Backing vocals on the single were performed by Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson and Phoebe Snow.
Written after Simon's divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song is a mistress's humorous advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship. The song is anchored by a "linear" drum pattern performed by studio drummer Steve Gadd, which became the hook and color for the song. The song was recorded in a small New York City studio on Broadway.
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"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" was Paul Simon's biggest solo hit and broke in the U.S. in late December 1975. It was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on February 7, 1976 (to-date, his only number one on that chart as a solo act), and remaining there for three weeks, and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks. Overseas, on the UK Singles Chart, the song reached position number 23 in January 1976. It was certified gold on March 11, 1976, and remained a best seller for nearly five months.
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|French Singles Chart||2|
|German Singles Chart||42|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||18|
|UK Singles Chart||23|
|US Hot 100 Singles Chart||1|
- Marc Eliot (2010), Paul Simon: A Life, John Wiley and Sons, p. 142, ISBN 978-0-470-43363-8
- "Linear drumming for dummies". Ryangruss.com. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 222.
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