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Who sang the best version of 'If You Don’t Know Me By Now' - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes or Simply Red?
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Versus Simply Red
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ was first recorded by soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and released in 1972. The song was the group’s first hit, peaking at number three on the US Pop Chart. Interestingly the lead singer on the song was actually Teddy Pendergrass from The Blue Notes – not Harold Melvin.
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
Simply Red covered ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ in 1989; their version featured on album ‘A New Flame’. It became one of their best-known hits after reaching number one on the U.S. Hot 100 and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
Other covers of the song include Seal and Rod Stewart – Seal’s version was actually nominated for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy in 2004.