It's Too Late to Love Me Now

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"It's Too Late to Love Me Now"
Single by Charly McClain
from the album Here's Charly McClain
B-side "You Can Love It Away"
Released April 1977
Recorded November 1976[1]
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.,
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genre Country
Label Epic
Writer(s) Gene Dobbins, Rory Michael Bourke, Johnny Wilson
Charly McClain singles chronology
"Lay Something on My Bed, Besides a Blanket"
(1977)
"It's Too Late to Love Me Now"
(1977)
"Make the World Go Away"
(1977)

"It's Too Late to Love Me Now" is a song written by Gene Dobbins, Rory Michael Bourke, and Johnny Wilson. Since its composition, the song as been covered as a single by various artists from the country and pop musical genres. It was first released as a single by country artist, Charly McClain in 1977.

"It's Too Late to Love Me Now" has also been featured on albums by various country recording artists, beginning with Dolly Parton on her 1978 release, Heartbreaker. "It's Too Late" has also been featured on albums by Lorrie Morgan and Dottie West.

Charly McClain version[edit]

"It's Too Late" was first released as a single by American country artist, Charly McClain. Released in April 1977, the song peaked at number eighty seven on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart. It was the third and final single from McClain's debut album, Here's Charly McClain.

The song was the first of many singles McClain would release. It would also be the first of a series of recordings McClain would make for the Epic record label in Nashville, Tennessee. She would go on to have a series of major country hits in the 1980s, including "Who's Cheatin' Who" and "Radio Heart".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 87

Cher version[edit]

"It's Too Late (to Love Me Now)"
Single by Cher
from the album Take Me Home
B-side "Shoppin'"
Released 1979
Genre Pop, Country
Length 3:39
Label Casablanca
Producer(s) Bob Esty, Ron Dante
Cher singles chronology
"Wasn't It Good"
(1979)
"It's Too Late (to Love Me Now)"
(1979)
"Hell on Wheels"
(1979)

In 1979, renowned American pop artist Cher released a cover version of the song and retitled it as "It's too Late (to Love Me Now)". It was issued as the third single from her fifteenth album Take Me Home in 1979. The song was originally released as a seven and twelve inch single respectfully in an LP format. To date, the song is Cher's only major release to country radio.

"It's Too Late (to Love Me Now)" record was a minor hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, peaking at number eighty seven. This was the same peaking chart position that McClain had with her original 1977 version of the song. The song would be one of Cher's last single releases of the decade.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 87

Jeanne Pruett version[edit]

"It's Too Late"
Single by Jeanne Pruett
from the album Music Row
B-side "I Can't Feel at Home"
Released June 1980
Recorded May 1980[4]
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genre Country
Label IBC
Producer(s) Walter Haynes
Jeanne Pruett singles chronology
"Temporarily Yours"
(1980)
"It's Too Late"
(1980)
"Sad Old Shade of Glory"
(1981)

In 1980, American country artist Jeanne Pruett released a cover version of the song and titled it as, "It's Too Late". Issued as a single in June 1980, "It's Too Late" peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[5] Initially not released onto an album, "It's Too Late" was eventually issued on Pruett's 1983 effort entitled, Music Row.

The song became Pruett's third top ten single in a row on the Billboard country chart. Additionally, "It's Too Late" would become Pruett's final top ten single (and final major hit) on any Billboard singles chart.[5] To date, Pruett's cover of the song is the most successful version.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Praguefrank's Country Discographies: Charly McClain". Praguefrank. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 221. 
  3. ^ "allmusic ((( Cher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 1965–2005. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Praguefrank's country discographies: Jeanne Pruett". Pruagefrank. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. 

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