If You Think You Know How to Love Me

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"If You Think You Know How to Love Me"
Smokie - If You Think You Know How to Love Me (1975) front cover.jpg
Single by Smokie
from the album Changing All the Time
B-side "Tis Me"
Released June 1975
Format 7" single
Recorded Audio International Studios in London
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 3:27
Label RAK
Songwriter(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
Smokie singles chronology
"Pass It Around"
(1975)
"If You Think You Know How to Love Me"
(1975)
"Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me"
(1975)
"Pass It Around"
(1975)
"If You Think You Know How to Love Me"
(1975)
"Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me"
(1975)
Music videos
"If You Think You Know How to Love Me"
"If You Think You Know How to Love Me" (Remix) on YouTube

"If You Think You Know How to Love Me" is a song by British rock band Smokie. It was first released in June 1975 as a single and appeared later on the album Changing All the Time. Like the band's first single "Pass It Around", the song was composed by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Upon its release, "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" became a chart success all over Europe, peaking at No. 2 in Ireland, No. 3 in Sweden, No. 6 in Norway, No. 8 in Germany and No. 15 in the Netherlands. It took six weeks for the song to debut in the UK Singles Chart on 19 July 1975. After a few days, Smokie appeared on TV show Top of the Pops, and it helped "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" to climb the charts.[1] The single eventually peaked at No. 3 and stayed in the British charts for nine weeks.[2]

A second version of the song was included in the 1988 album All Fired Up, sung by Alan Barton. The 1975 version was sung by original Smokie member Chris Norman.

Other versions[edit]

Jim Capaldi recorded a cover of the song in 1976 which was released only on the A-side of a Germany-only single. He changed some of the lyrics to suit his assertive, independent personality: "You know you've got my life lying in your hands / It's up to you to make me understand" is replaced by "You've got my life figured in your plans / But there's one thing you got to understand", and the chorus line "You've got to lead the way" is replaced by "Don't try to lead the way".

The track was also recorded by American rock singer Pat Benatar for her 1979 debut album In the Heat of the Night. It was released as her second single but failed to chart.

A cover version from Rex Smith was included in his 1979 album "Sooner or Later".

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch included a cover on his eponymous fifth solo album from 1981.[3]

Chris Norman included his solo cover of the song on his 2000 studio album "Full Circle".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman 03:27
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Tis Me" Peter Spencer, Chris Norman 02:56

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 UK Singles Chart 3[2]
Billboard Hot 100 96[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hendriks, Phil (July 2007). Changing All the Time (CD booklet). Smokie. London: 7T's Records. 
  2. ^ a b "Smokie chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic Review". Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "spanishcharts.com - Chris Norman - Full Circle". Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Smokie chart positions in the US". Billboard. 

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