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Encyclopedia > If You Don't Know Me By Now

"If You Don't Know Me By Now" is a song by the Philadelphia soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which became their first hit after being released as a single in 1972. It was later covered by the English pop/soul band Simply Red, also becoming their best-known hit after reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 15, 1989. Philadelphia (or Philly) soul, sometimes called the Philadelphia Sound, is a style of soul music characterized by lush instrumental arrangements often featuring sweeping strings and horns. ... Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were an American singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Simply Red are a British pop band. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... July 15 is the 196th day (197th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 169 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The song was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by the RIAA. The Songs of the Century list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. ...


It was comically covered by British comedian Ricky Gervais in his character David Brent. A music video was produced and released with BBC's The Office (UK TV series) DVD set. blah blah blah. GAZ GAZ INC. Richard Ricky Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... David Brent is a fictional white-collar office middle-manager and one of the principal characters from BBC television comedy The Office, played by co-writer and director Ricky Gervais. ... The Office is a British television comedy series, created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and first aired in the UK on BBC Two on July 9, 2001. ...

Preceded by:
"Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Simply Red version)
July 15, 1989
Succeeded by:
"Toy Soldiers" by Martika

 
 

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