Song: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red
Reached #1: July 15, 1989 (their second, 1 week)
I prefer the original.
But then again, I never really took to Mick Hucknall’s red-haired soul.
When “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” came out, Simply Red was still (somewhat) a band. Hucknall’s ego didn’t completely go out of control until the early ‘90s, when he declared that Simply Red was his solo project… which led the remaining members of the band to leave over the next few years. By 1996, it really was Hucknall’s solo project, as he’d driven everyone off. He simply recruited a backing band as needed for studio or touring work.
He retired the solo project in 2010, saying that 25 years was enough.
Not to be too snarky, but in the USA, that might have surprised people who thought Simply Red disappeared shortly after “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”… the band had two minor Hot 100 hits and one “bubbling under” after 1989, and hadn’t charted at all here since 1995.
As to the original? Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (with a young Teddy Pendergrass on vocals) only got to #3 on the Billboard charts in 1972 – still the biggest pop hit they ever had.
Tomorrow, we get into a little hanky panky.
Other songs that reached #1 on July 15:
2000 – “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon (their first, 1 week)