♫ If You Leave Me Now ♫

Chicago’s bass player Peter Cetera wrote this and sang lead. Cetera specialized in ballads, adding variety to the band’s sound which featured many more rock-oriented songs.

Released in July 1976, the song topped the US charts on October 23, 1976, and stayed there for two weeks, making it the first number one hit for the group as well as hitting number one on the Easy Listening charts. If You Leave Me Now was also Chicago’s biggest hit internationally, topping the charts in other countries such as the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Netherlands.

In 2010 Chicago teamed with the American Cancer Society and offered the opportunity to bid on the chance to sing their hit, If You Leave Me Now with them on stage live at their concerts, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer.

Considering their longevity and success, it’s surprising how Chicago has been spurned by both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammys. The band’s only Grammy award came for this song, when it won for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus.

The song also won the award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), which went to James William Guercio and Jimmie Haskell.

If You Leave Me Now

If you leave me now, you’ll take away the biggest part of me
No baby please don’t go
If you leave me now, you’ll take away the very heart of me
No baby please don’t go

A love like ours is love that’s hard to find
How could we let it slip away
We’ve come too far to leave it all behind
How could we end it all this way
When tomorrow comes we’ll both regret
Things we said today

‘Cause I need you more than you’ll ever know

Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

13 thoughts on “♫ If You Leave Me Now ♫

  1. Jill, I think you summed up Cetera’s songs nicely. His ballads were lovely, but they did seem to be at odds with the band’s roots. It is not unlike another Chicago based band, Styx, where the lead singer on many songs, Dennis DeYoung, took the band away from its roots, later in his career. Neither band tours with the former lead singer as a result. Keith

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