How Long (Ace song)

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"How Long"
Single by Ace
from the album Five-A-Side
B-side Sniffin' About
Released 1974 (1974)
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Pop rock, soft rock,[1][2] blue-eyed soul
Length 3:09
Label Anchor
Writer(s) Paul Carrack
Ace singles chronology
"How Long"
I Ain't Gonna Stand For This

"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.[3]

Although widely interpreted as being about adultery, the song was in fact composed by lead singer Paul Carrack upon discovering that bassist Terry Comer had been secretly working with the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.[4] Comer returned to Ace in time to play on the song.[5]

The guitar solo is by Alan "Barn" King.[6]


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 Rod Stewart covered the song on the album Tonight I'm Yours.[7] It charted in the top fifty of the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]

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 1993 British reggae group Aswad and singer Yazz covered the song which reached No. 31 in the UK, from Yazz's 1994 album One on One.

In 1996 Paul Carrack included his own version of the song on his album Blue Views.

In 2013 it was covered by smooth jazz artists Jeff Golub and Brian Auger, with vocals by Christopher Cross

Squeeze regularly performed the song when Carrack was a touring member of the band.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "How Long - Ace : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "How Long - Ace |". 21 May 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "How Long". Chartstats. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Ace biography, Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  5. ^ Liner Notes from John Morthland of TimeLife
  6. ^ Biography by Eugene Chadbourne (1946-09-18). "Alan "Bam" King | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Google Music