If You Don't Know Me by Now

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"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
If You Dont Know Me by Now 72.jpg
Single by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
from the album I Miss You
B-side"Let Me Into Your World"
Released11 September 1972[1]
Recorded1972
GenreR&B, soul
Length3:27
LabelPhiladelphia International Records
Songwriter(s)Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Producer(s)Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes singles chronology
"I Miss You"
(1972)
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
(1972)
"Yesterday I Had the Blues"
(1973)

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" is a song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and recorded by the Philadelphia soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. It became their first hit after being released as a single in September 1972, topping the US R&B chart and peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. Much like the issue with "I Miss You" and The Dells passing on it, the song's composers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff gave it to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which featured Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the track was included on their debut album I Miss You.

Patti LaBelle later made the song part of her concert repertoire in 1982; a live version appears on her 1985 album, Patti.

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" has since been recorded by a number of other artists, most notably the English pop and soul band Simply Red, who took their version to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989.

The song was chosen as one of the "Songs of the Century" by the RIAA.[citation needed]

Chart history[edit]

Simply Red version[edit]

"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
If you don't know me by now.jpg
Single by Simply Red
from the album A New Flame
B-side"Move on Out"
ReleasedMarch 27, 1989
Genre
Length3:24
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Producer(s)Stewart Levine
Simply Red singles chronology
"It's Only Love"
(1989)
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
(1989)
"A New Flame"
(1989)
Music video
"If You Don't Know Me by Now" on YouTube

Simply Red's version of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" was a major commercial success on the charts in 1989, giving the band their second US number one (also topping the Adult Contemporary chart), and peaking at number 38 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[10] This version also won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song of 1989.[11] The track was also a number-one hit in Australia and New Zealand; in the latter country, it was the best-selling single of 1989. It reached number 2 in the UK, becoming the band's second top-10 hit after the re-issue of "Holding Back the Years" in 1986, which also reached number 2.

According to the producer Stewart Levine, he didn't want too much orchestration on the record, and went with a two-part harmony instead of a three-part harmony. Mick Hucknall admitted he loved Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' version, and stated he danced to their music when he was 13.[12]

This version can be heard in the films American Psycho (2000) and Class Action (1991) and appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. It is also available to download for the Xbox 360 game Lips, which contains the music video.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

7-inch single

  1. "If You Don't Know Me by Now" – 3:23
  2. "Move on Out" (recorded Live Manchester on February 22, 1989) – 5:18

12-inch single

  1. "If You Don't Know Me by Now" – 3:23
  2. "Move on Out" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) – 5:18
  3. "Shine" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) – 3:30

3-inch CD single

  1. "If You Don't Know Me by Now" – 3:23
  2. "Move on Out" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) – 5:18
  3. "Shine" (recorded live Manchester on February 22, 1989) – 3:30
  4. "Sugar Daddy" – 3:30

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[45] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1973-01-13. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
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  12. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. p. 736. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.
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