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Chicago (the band)

If You Leave Me Now

1 Jul, 1976

Chicago releases If You Leave Me Now as a single. It becomes their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Written by Peter Cetera. James Pankow:

With the enormous success of If You Leave Me Now radio decided that that was Chicago’s sound on radio. And I can’t tell you how many attempts we made at pushing up-tempo songs to get on records and fans would come up to us and go, ‘What happened to you guys? You’ve been eating too much pabulum. What happened to that, you know, the guts and the soul and the funk that you guys had back when.

Chicago – If you leave me now – 1977 (HQ)