KC & the Sunshine Band

Please Don't Go

Composed by Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey / Richard Finch

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KC & The Sunshine Band scored their fifth and final #1 hit with "Please Don’t Go," a lush pop ballad that might surprise pop fans accustomed to the group’s dance-minded disco fare. The lyrics place themselves firmly in the "without you I’m nothing" school of ballad writing as they lay on the romantic syrup with vigor: "Babe, I love you so/I want you to know/That I’m gonna miss your love/The minute you walk out that door." By the end of the song, the narrator is literally down on his knees "Beggin’ please please." The music that backs up these weepy sentiments with an appropriately ethereal melody that builds from verses that float up and down in yearning fashion into a swooning chorus that captures the song’s feverish emotional pitch nicely. KC & The Sunshine Band’s recording of "Please Don’t Go" throws out all their disco trademarks entirely to create a classic ballad sound that layers an elegant string arrangement and stately keyboards over a gentle beat. Harry Wayne Casey completes the song with an achy, mostly falsetto lead vocal that adds the right touch of emotional desolation required to sell the lyrics. Audiences truly bought into this heartbroken tune, sending it to the top of the pop chart in 1979. It remains a favorite oldie today, especially on love song shows that allow broken-hearted lovers to make call-in dedications.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Do You Wanna Go Party? 1979 Tartare 3:49
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1980 Hollywood
The Best of 1990 Rhino 3:49
Best of KC & The Sunshine Band [EMI] 1990 EMI Music Distribution
Radio City Love Songs 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
Oh Yeah! 1993 Golden Dance Classics / GDC/ZYX 3:05
Romantic Soul 1994
Various Artists
Wisepack 3:52
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:51
Only Dance: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:43
The Best of KC & the Sunshine Band [Rhino 1995] 1995 Rhino 3:49
Beverly Hills 90210: Songs from the Peach Pit 1996
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 3:52
Heart Beats: Behind Closed Doors - 70's Swingers 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:49
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:50
Live: Get Down Tonight 1998 CEMA Special Markets 10:44
Heart Beats [3 Pack] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Let's Party 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Dance Remixes 1998 Rhino 3:30
Missing Compilation 1998
Various Artists
Universo 3:13
The Very Best of KC & the Sunshine Band 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:51
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 3:50
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:44
25th Anniversary Edition 1999 Rhino 3:50
Now: 1980 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:50
Totally Number One Hits 1999
Various Artists
Axis Records
Grandes Exitos del Millenio 1999
Various Artists
Vale Music
Best of KC & the Sunshine Band [Disky] 1999 Phantom Import Distribution
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:50
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:49
Love Potion 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:50
Tender Love [EMI] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:49
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Import
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:49
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:44
VH1 Behind the Music: The KC & the Sunshine Band Collection 2001 Rhino 3:50
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:49
Shake Your Booty 2001 Music Deluxe (UK) 3:50
The Essentials 2002 Rhino / Warner Strategic Marketing 3:49
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 [Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Totally Love 2002
Various Artists
EMI 3:52
Get Down Tonight: Greatest Hits Live 2003 Intersound 10:49
School Reunion: The Smooches 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Long Versions: Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Great Love Songs [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:51
Reunited: The Last Dance 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:49
Number One Hits of the 80's 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:52
Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of Disco [Madacy 3-CD] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:52
Greatest Hits [Pickwick] 2006 Pickwick
Greatest Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Disky
No Image 2006
Various Artists
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Hit Club
A Beautiful Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:49
Original Love Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:50
Pure: Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Top of the Pops 1979 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:48
Where Were You: 1980 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is 1979 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 3:50
100 Prozent Bayern 1: Lovesongs für ein Ganzes Lebe 2008
Various Artists
Target Records 3:50
Legendary Love 2008
Various Artists
MP Records 3:48
The TK Years 2009 EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:48
The Ultimate Love Hits 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:49
Flashback with KC & the Sunshine Band 2011 Rhino 3:49
100 Hits: Super 70s 2011
Various Artists
Demon / EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Best Love... Ever!, Vol. 2 2014
Various Artists
Parlophone 3:50
Ultimate KC & the Sunshine Band: 15 Original Hits 2014 Green Hill / Green Hill Music 3:50
100 Essential Tracks: Love Songs
Various Artists
Sony Music
Essential EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Faire la Fete
Various Artists
Ars Entertainment
Live Brilliant 10:34
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:47
Original Hits: 70s Pop
Various Artists
EMI Gold
Party Night
Various Artists
Euro Trend 3:50
The Eighties Album
Various Artists
Rhino 3:49
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