Chicago

If You Leave Me Now

Composed by Peter Cetera

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"If You Leave Me Now" was the song that turned the corner on Chicago's career. Primarily known for brassy, jazzy numbers, after "If You Leave Me Now" the band would be known for its ballads that featured the lead vocals of bassist Peter Cetera and de-emphasized the horn section. Produced by James William Guercio and written by Cetera, "If You Leave Me Now" went gold, staying at number one pop for two weeks, reaching number one adult contemporary in the fall of 1976. It won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus and received Record of the Year. Chicago X sold over two million copies, garnered an Album of the Year nomination, and made it to number three pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chicago X 1976 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:58
No Image 1976 3:56
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1981 Chicago Records Dist. 3:53
If You Leave Me Now (And Other Hits) 1983 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:57
Take Me Back to Chicago 1985 Columbia 3:54
25 Jahre Popmusik: 1976 1988
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:52
The Heart of...Chicago [Wea] 1989 WEA 3:56
Group Portrait [4 CD] 1991 Chicago Records Dist. 3:54
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Kuschelrock, Vol. 9 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:53
Overtime 1995 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 1997 Warner Bros. 3:54
25 Years of Gold 1998 Import
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Chicago 1999 Warner Reprise Video
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
The Heart of Chicago: 1967-1981 2000 Dealmakers 3:55
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning 2002 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:58
Songs of Love 2002
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner / WEA
Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits 1967-2002 [2 Disc] 2003 WEA International 3:57
Drivin' 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] 2003 Rhino 3:56
I Love U 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
No Image 2004
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:58
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70s #1 Pop Hits 2004
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:54
Classic Tearjerkers [Time/Life] 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Sad Songs 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:55
Love Songs 2005 Rhino
Simply the Best Singers 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
A Lot Like Love 2005
Original Soundtrack
BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Rhino Hi-Five: Chicago 2005 Warner Bros. 3:58
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
Ultimate 70s Pop 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 3:55
Live at the Greek Theatre [Video] 2005 Image Entertainment
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions 3:55
Break Up Songs 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 3:56
Sweet Memories [Sky] 2005
Various Artists
Sky Records 3:51
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Songs for the Broken Hearted [Sony BMG] 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Soft Rock Ballads [EMI] 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Good Times [WEA] 2006
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
100 Hits: 70's 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:56
The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition 2007 Rhino 3:54
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Top 10: Rock-Pop Ballads 2007
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:58
The Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits [Single Disc] 2008 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino 3:58
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 [MVI/CD] 2008 Rhino 3:54
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:54
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:55
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Herzschmerz Songs 2008
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) / Universal Music
The Very Best of Chicago 2008 Allegro Corporation / Hallmark Recordings / Platinum Legends 3:55
The Ultimate Chicago: Australian Tour Edition 2010 Rhino 3:58
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
CD Baby / Green Hill Productions 3:55
Singers & Songwriters: 1976-1977 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Ultimate Collection 2011 Music Club Deluxe
American Anthems II 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:55
Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:54
The Studio Albums, Vol. 1: 1969-1978 2012 Rhino 3:59
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
The Old Grey Whistle Test: America 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
Rock Ballads: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
Best Love... Ever!, Vol. 2 2014
Various Artists
Parlophone 3:59
Yacht Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:53
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
100 Hits: UK No. 1's Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Chicago @ Symphony Hall 2015 Chicago Records II 4:49
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Rhino 3:58
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100% Love Songs
Various Artists
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Classic Love Songs [2017]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:55
Hold Me Close
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music
Jackie Pin-Ups
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:53
Live Performance 1977 [DVD] XXL Media
Live in Concert [DVD] Koch Vision
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England) / Membran
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Power Ballads: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / WSM 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Wea
Rock Ballads [Warner]
Various Artists
WSM / Warner Bros.
Simply Seventies
Various Artists
Simply
Terry Wogan: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Terry’s Last Stand Left Field Media 5:22
No Image
Various Artists
WM Singapore 3:54
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
The  Studio Albums 1969-1978, Vol. 1 Rhino 3:58
The Nation's Favourite '70s Number Ones
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:59
Top of the Pops: 1975-1979
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:53
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