Don't Turn Around

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"Don't Turn Around"
B-side to "Typical Male" by Tina Turner from the album Break Every Rule
Released 1986
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:16
Label Capitol
Writer Diane Warren, Albert Hammond
"Don't Turn Around"
Single by Aswad
Released February 10, 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop, reggae
Length 3:51
Writer(s) Diane Warren, Albert Hammond
"Don't Turn Around"
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation/The Sign
Released March 15, 1994 (Europe)
May 3, 1994 (US)
July 1, 1994 (UK)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop, dance, reggae fusion
Length 3:51 (Album Version)
Label Arista Records (US, Japan)
Mega Records (Europe)
Writer(s) Diane Warren, Albert Hammond
Producer(s) Tommy Ekman, Per Adebratt
Certification Gold (USA), Gold (Germany), Gold (NZ)
Ace of Base singles chronology
"The Sign"
(1993)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
"Living in Danger"
(1994)

"Don't Turn Around" is a popular song written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond. It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single "Typical Male" in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner's record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums. However it has since been included on the rarities disc of the 1994 compilation The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties.

It has been covered by a number of artists. Kim Goody released a single version in 1987. Despite being featured in several episodes of her Saturday morning show No. 73, the song failed to get into the UK Singles Chart. Bonnie Tyler released her version on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart, while soul singer Luther Ingram had a US Billboard R&B chart No. 55 hit with his interpretation. Aswad heard Ingram's version and made a cover of it, taking the song to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 1988.[1] This version also reached #45 on the US R&B chart that same year.

Loretta Chandler also sung this song on the "Mr. Wacky's World" episode of the 1980s TV show Fame (Ep. 6.8, 1986).

In 1990, a little-known rock band called Eyes, which featured Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals, covered the song on their self-titled album. It was released under the Curb Records label.

In 1992, Neil Diamond recorded a version of "Don't Turn Around", which made the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Also in 1992, Swedish pop singer Tone Norum recorded a version, which is included on her album, Don't Turn Around.

Two years later, in spring 1994, Swedish pop group Ace of Base took a minor key version of the song to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to No. 5 in the UK. Ace of Base filmed a music video, directed by Matt Broadley.

In 1998, the Argentinean dance-pop group El Simbolo recorded a Spanish language cover titled "No Llores Más" from their album No Pares.

In 2010, Albert Hammond, co-writer of the song, recorded the song for his album Legend.

Track listing (Ace of Base versions)[edit]

  • UK CD single:
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"
  • German 4-track CD:
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (Radio Groove Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (The Aswad Mix)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)
  • European 2-CD set:

CD 1:

  1. "Don't Turn Around"
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"

CD 2:

  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Turned Out Eurodub)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Backing Vocals by Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren
  • Written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren
  • Produced by Tommy Ekman and Per Adebratt
  • Recorded and produced at Tuff Studios, Gothenburg
  • Mixed at Park Studios, Stockholm

Charts (Ace of Base version)[edit]

Sales[edit]

  • UK: 180,000
  • US: 500,000 (Gold)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 486. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d Allmusic. Ace of Base | Billboard Singles.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  4. ^ "1994: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  (archived by Top40-Charts.com)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
UK number one single (Aswad version)
March 20, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heart" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Breakaway" by Big Pig
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single (Aswad version)
June 5, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alphabet Street" by Prince
Preceded by
"I Swear" by All-4-One
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single (Ace of Base version)
July 11, 1994 (for 1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wild Night" by John Mellencamp and Me'shell Ndegeocello