How Long (Ace song)
|Single by Ace|
|from the album Five-A-Side|
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Ace singles chronology|
"How Long" is a 1974 song by the British group Ace from their album Five-A-Side. It reached No. 3 in the US and Canadian charts, and No. 20 in the UK chart. Lead singer Paul Carrack composed the song upon discovering that bassist Terry Comer had been secretly working with other bands. Comer returned to Ace in time to play on the song.
In 1976, Bobby Womack recorded a version that appeared on the Home Is Where The Heart Is album
In 1977, Barbara Mandrell recorded a country/disco version of the song on her Love's Ups & Downs album.
In 1981, Lipps, Inc. released a remake of this song which reached No. 4 on the U.S. dance chart, No. 29 on the U.S. soul singles chart, and No. 42 in Canada. In 2010, it was still in rotation on satellite radio. The track Timecode, released in 2004 by German techno producer Justus Köhncke, is built around the characteristic intro of the Lipps Inc. version.
In 1989, Barbara Dickson released the song as part of the Coming Alive Again album
In 1998, Los Angeles based group Jango covered the song with heavy rock/funk guitar riffs and saxophone solo on their album Dreamtown
In 2013, it was covered by Smooth Jazz artists Jeff Golub & Brian Auger, with vocals handled by 80's pop star Christopher Cross
Squeeze regularly performed the song whilst Carrack was a touring member of the band.
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- Liner Notes from John Morthland of TimeLife
- Google Music
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