How Long (Ace song)

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"How Long"
How Long Ace.jpg
Single by Ace
from the album Five-A-Side
B-side "Sniffin' About"
Released March 1975
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Soft rock[1][2]
Length 3:22
Label Anchor
Songwriter(s) Paul Carrack
Producer(s) John Anthony
Ace singles chronology
"How Long"
(1975)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This"
(1975)
"How Long"
(1974)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This"
(1975)

"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 Singles 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 "Bam" King.[6]

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Australia[7] 63
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 3
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 24
US Cash Box Top 100[13] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Rank
Canada [14] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 57
US Cash Box [16] 47

Covers[edit]

In 1976, Bobby Womack recorded a version that appeared on the Home Is Where the Heart Is album.[17]

In 1977, Barbara Mandrell recorded a country/disco version of the song on her Love's Ups and Downs album.[18]

In 1981, Rod Stewart covered the song on the album Tonight I'm Yours.[19] It charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100.[20]

In 1981, Lipps Inc. released a cover 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.[21]

In 1989, Barbara Dickson released the song as part of the Coming Alive Again album.[22]

In 1993, British reggae group Aswad and singer Yazz covered the song which reached No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart,[23] from Yazz's 1994 album One on One.[24]

In 1996, Paul Carrack included his own version of the song on his album Blue Views.[25]

In 2013, it was covered by smooth jazz artists Jeff Golub and Brian Auger, on their Train Keeps A Rolling album, with vocals by Christopher Cross.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "How Long - Ace : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "How Long - Ace |". Toponehitwonders.com. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 13. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Ace | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Classic Music Hits from the '50s through Today". Timelife.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  6. ^ Biography by Eugene Chadbourne (1946-09-18). "Alan "Bam" King | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3969a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ace – How Long" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Ace: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ ""Ace – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ace". Billboard. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 12. 
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 31, 1975
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  15. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  16. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1975
  17. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Home Is Where the Heart Is - Bobby Womack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Love's Ups and Downs - Barbara Mandrell | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  19. ^ "Search Help". Google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  20. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1945-01-10). "Rod Stewart | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  21. ^ Steve Huey. "Lipps, Inc. | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  22. ^ "Barbara Dickson - Coming Alive Again (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  23. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 613. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  24. ^ "Yazz - One On One". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  25. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Blue Views - Paul Carrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  26. ^ Thom Jurek (2013-08-13). "Train Keeps a Rolling - Jeff Golub,Brian Auger | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-11.