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Please Don't Go (KC and the Sunshine Band song)

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July 12, 1979

R&B soul

TK Records

7-inch vinyl


"I Bet'cha Didn't Know That"

"Please Don't Go" is a song recorded and released in 1979 on the KC and the Sunshine Band album Do You Wanna Go Party. Originally written in the key of D flat, the song was the band's first love ballad, in which the subject pleads for a second chance. Shortly after the song's one-week run at number one, the group broke up and Harry Wayne Casey went solo. The song was a number-one hit on the Australian ARIA Charts, the band's fifth and final number-one hit on Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the first number-one hit of the 1980s. As the band was known as a pioneer of the disco genre, the song was released, ironically, on the same day as Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, Illinois.



The song was the first number one hit of the 1980s on the Billboard Hot 100

The song was also an international chart hit, reaching number 1 in Australia and Canada and charting in Belgium (#8), Germany (#20), Ireland (#5), the Netherlands (#7), New Zealand (#3), Norway (#4) and the UK (#3).

Track listings

CD maxi
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) – 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) – 6:14
  3. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) – 3:31
  4. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) – 3:18
7" single
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) – 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) – 3:18
7" single – France
  1. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) – 3:18
  2. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) – 3:31
12" maxi – Germany, Italy, Spain, U.S.
  1. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) – 6:14
  2. "Please Don't Go" (radio mix) – 3:18
  3. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) – 3:31
  4. "Please Don't Go" (a cappella) – 3:18
12" maxi – France
  1. "Please Don't Go" (club mix) – 6:14
  2. "Please Don't Go" (let's go mix) – 3:31
CD maxi / 12" maxi – Remixes
  1. "Please Don't Go" (herbie remix) – 5:20
  2. "Organ Dream" – 2:15
  3. "Please Don't Go" (underground mix) – 4:55
  4. "Please Don't Go" (dub go) – 1:45
CD maxi / 12" maxi – Techno remixes
  1. "Please Don't Go" (U.S.-rave mix) – 6:00
  2. "Please Don't Go" (UK-break mix) – 5:00
  3. "Please Don't Go" (euro-house mix) – 4:55

KWS version

A sound-alike cover of Double You's arrangement by the British group KWS hit number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks in May 1992 and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded and released after record company Network failed to secure UK distribution rights for the Double You version. The similarity between the versions resulted in Network's paying compensation to Roberto Zanetti, Double You's producer, following legal action. The KWS version was claimed to be released in honour of Nottingham Forest (European football) defender Des Walker, who was on the verge of signing for Italian team Sampdoria.

In Germany, the song reached No. 7 but disappeared out of the German Singles Chart the following week due to legal issues with Double You, who covered the song before. Due to this fall, "Please Don't Go" is the song with the highest position that dropped out of the country's Singles Chart the following week.

Track listings

CD Maxi
  1. "Please Don't Go" (Summer Mix) – 3:40
  2. "Please Don't Go" (Instrumental Surf) – 6:09
  3. "Game Boy" – 3:23
  4. "Kollision" – 4:12

Basshunter version

In 2008, it was remade into a eurodance tune by dance-techno musician Basshunter.

The single was released as a single in Sweden, where it reached number 6.

The song was originally planned to be released in the UK as the second single on June 23, 2008. But due to technical difficulties, the release was cancelled and "All I Ever Wanted" took its place on July 7. It had much more success than originally thought as the single reached number 2 in the UK charts.

However, despite rumours that this would be the third UK single, "Angel in the Night" was released instead and was premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 22 August 2008, during Scott Mills "Friday Floor Fillers".

Track listing

  • CD maxi
    1. "Please Don't Go" (Radio Edit) — 2:58
    2. "Please Don't Go" (Extended Mix) — 5:00
    3. "Please Don't Go" (Ultra DJ's Remix) — 4:39
    4. "Please Don't Go" (The WideBoys Remix) — 5:37

    Other cover versions

  • In 1985, it was covered by Italo disco group Digital Game.
  • In 1990, it was covered by freestyle singer Timmy T.
  • In 2006, a variation of it was used in "Love You So" by Natalie.
  • In 2007, it was once again covered, this time by singer José Galisteo.
  • In 2009, it was covered by Hermes House Band on their album Rhythm of the Nineties.
  • References

    Please Don't Go (KC and the Sunshine Band song) Wikipedia

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