Please Don't Go (KC and the Sunshine Band song)

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"Please Don't Go"
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album Do You Wanna Go Party
B-side "I Bet'cha Didn't Know That"
Released July 12, 1979
Format 7-inch vinyl
Genre Post-disco
Length 3:43
Label TK Records
Writer(s) Harry Wayne Casey / Richard Finch
Producer(s) Harry Wayne Casey / Richard Finch
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"Do You Wanna Go Party"
"Please Don't Go"
"Yes, I'm Ready"

"Please Don't Go" is a song recorded and released in 1979 on the KC and the Sunshine Band album Do You Wanna Go Party. The song was the band's first love ballad, in which the subject pleads for a second chance. Shortly after the song's one-week run at number one, the group broke up and Harry Wayne Casey went solo. The song was a number-one hit on the Australian ARIA Charts, the band's fifth and final number-one hit on Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the first number-one hit of the 1980s.[1]

Original version[edit]


The song was the last number one hit of the 1970s and the first of the 1980s on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number one position on the chart dated the week ending January 5, 1980. The B-side, "I Betcha Didn't Know That", peaked at #25 on the R&B Singles Chart.

The song was also an international chart hit, reaching number 1 in Australia and Canada and charting in Belgium (#8), Germany (#20), Ireland (#5), the Netherlands (#7), New Zealand (#3), Norway (#4) and the UK (#3).

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 1
Belgium VRT Top 30 8
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Dutch Top 40 6
German Media Control Top 100 20
Irish Singles Chart 5
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 3
Norwegian VG-lista Top Singles 4
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 27
Preceded by
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 5, 1980
Succeeded by
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes
Preceded by
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
February 11, 1980 - February 18, 1980
Succeeded by
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
Preceded by
"Coward of the County" by Kenny Rogers
Canadian RPM number-one single
February 16, 1980
Succeeded by
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen

Double You version[edit]

"Please Don't Go"
Single by Double You
from the album We All Need Love
B-side "Please Don't Go" (remix)
Released January 26, 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:18
Label ZYX
Producer(s) Robyx Zanetti
Double You singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
"We All Need Love"

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) — 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) — 6:14
  3. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) — 3:31
  4. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) — 3:18
7" single
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) — 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) — 3:18
7" single - France
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) — 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) — 3:31
12" maxi - Germany, Italy, Spain, U.S.
  1. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) — 6:14
  2. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) — 3:18
  3. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) — 3:31
  4. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) — 3:18
12" maxi - France
  1. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) — 6:14
  2. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) — 3:31
CD maxi / 12" maxi - Remixes
  1. "Please Don't Go" (herbie remix) — 5:20
  2. "Organ Dream" — 2:15
  3. "Please Don't Go" (underground mix) — 4:55
  4. "Please Don't Go" (dub go) — 1:45
CD maxi / 12" maxi - Techno remixes
  1. "Please Don't Go" (U.S.-rave mix) — 6:00
  2. "Please Don't Go" (UK-break mix) — 5:00
  3. "Please Don't Go" (euro-house mix) — 4:55


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"To Be with You" by Mr. Big
Dutch Top 40 number one single
May 23, 1992 - May 30, 1992 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!

KWS version[edit]

"Please Don't Go"
Single by KWS
from the album KWS
A-side "Game Boy" (double A-side)
Released April 27, 1992
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Genre Dance
Label Network Records
Producer(s) Chris King
Winston Williams
KWS singles chronology
"Please Don't Go" / "Game Boy"
"Rock Your Baby"

A sound-alike cover of Double You's arrangement by the British group KWS hit number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks in May 1992 and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded and released after record company Network failed to secure UK distribution rights for the Double You version. The similarity between the versions resulted in Network's paying compensation to Roberto Zanetti, Double You's producer, following legal action.[13] The KWS version was claimed[who?] to be released in honour of Nottingham Forest (European football) defender Des Walker, who was on the verge of signing for Italian team Sampdoria.[citation needed]

In Germany, the song reached No. 7 but disappeared out of the German Singles Chart the following week due to legal issues with Double You, who covered the song before. Due to this fall, "Please Don't Go" is the song with the highest position that dropped out of the country's Singles Chart the following week.[citation needed]


End of year chart (1992) Position
Australian Singles Chart[14] 7
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 47
Preceded by
"Deeply Dippy" by Right Said Fred
UK number one single
May 3, 1992 for 5 weeks
Succeeded by
"Abba-esque EP" by Erasure

Basshunter version[edit]

"Please Don't Go"
Single by Basshunter
from the album Now You're Gone - The Album
Released 2008
Format CD single
CD maxi-single
7" single
Recorded 2007
Genre Dance, techno, club
Length 3:18
Label Hard2Beat
Basshunter singles chronology
"All I Ever Wanted"
"Please Don't Go"
"Angel in the Night"

In 2008, it was remade into a eurodance tune by dance-techno musician Basshunter.

The single was released as a single in Sweden, where it reached number 6.

The song was originally planned to be released in the UK as the second single on June 23, 2008. But due to technical difficulties, the release was cancelled and "All I Ever Wanted" took its place on July 7. It had much more success than originally thought as the single reached number 2 in the UK charts.

However, despite rumours that this would be the third UK single, "Angel in the Night" was released instead and was premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 22 August 2008, during Scott Mills "Friday Floor Fillers".

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
"Please Don't Go" (CDM)
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio edit) — 2:58
  2. "Please Don't Go" (extended mix) — 5:00
  3. "Please Don't Go" (ultra DJ's remix) — 4:39
  4. "Please Don't Go" (the WideBoys remix) — 5:37


Chart (2008) Peak
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[16] 72
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 6

Other cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 287. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Please Don't Go", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  3. ^ Belgian peak
  4. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  5. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  8. ^ Billboard (Retrieved September 6, 2008)
  9. ^ 1992 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved September 6, 2008)
  10. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved September 6, 2008)
  11. ^ French certifications (Retrieved September 6, 2008)
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Please+Don%27t+Go')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 6, 2008. 
  13. ^ The Eurodance Encyclopaedia - Roberto Zanetti (Retrieved August 11, 2009)
  14. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  16. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200826 into search.
  17. ^ " – Basshunter – Please Don't Go". Singles Top 60.

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