Who's Leaving Who

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"Who's Leaving Who" is a song written by Jack White and Mark Spiro, first recorded by Canadian country singer Anne Murray in 1986. It achieved bigger popularity in Europe when it was covered by British Hi-NRG singer Hazell Dean in 1988. David Hasselhoff covered the song on his 1991 album David, produced by Jack White.

Anne Murray version[edit]

"Who's Leaving Who"
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Single by Anne Murray
from the album Something to Talk About
B-side "Reach for Me"
Released April, 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Pop
Length 3:38
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Mark Spiro
Producer(s) Jack White
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Now and Forever (You and Me)"
(1986)
"Who's Leaving Who"
(1986)
"My Life's a Dance"
(1986)
"Now and Forever (You and Me)"
(1986)
"Who's Leaving Who'"
(1986)
"My Life's a Dance"
(1986)

The song was first recorded by Anne Murray for her Gold-plus 1986 album Something to Talk About. The song was released as the album's second single, following her Canadian and US number one country single, "Now and Forever (You and Me)". The single failed to reach the same level of success, peaking at number 93 on the Canadian singles chart, and failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its biggest success was on the adult contemporary charts, peaking at number 15 in Canada and number 26 in the US.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 93
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 15
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 26
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 62

Hazell Dean version[edit]

"Who's Leaving Who"
Who's leaving who.jpeg
Single by Hazell Dean
from the album Always
Released spring, 1988
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Genre Pop/Hi-NRG
Length 3:38
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Mark Spiro, Jack White
Producer(s) Stock Aitken & Waterman
Hazell Dean singles chronology
"Always Doesn't Mean Forever"
(1987)
"Who's Leaving Who"
(1988)
"Maybe (We Should Call It a Day)"
(1988)
"Always Doesn't Mean Forever"
(1987)
"Who's Leaving Who'"
(1988)
"Maybe (We Should Call It a Day)"
(1988)

In 1988, Hazell Dean recorded a cover version of the song for her 1988 album Always. The song was produced by Stock Aitken & Waterman, and it was reworked to suit Hazell Dean's music style as a Hi-NRG song.

The single surpassed the popularity of Murray's version, and became Dean's biggest international success, becoming a top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number 4, becoming her highest charting single there, tied with her 1984 single "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)". It was her first top 40 hit in the UK in four years. When released around Europe, it also became a success, and it was successful on the US dance chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 2
New Zealand singles chart 44
Dutch singles chart 34
Austrian singles chart 14
Swiss singles chart 11
German singles chart 15
US Dance Music/Club Play Singles 19
US Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 50