How Long (Ace Song)
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How Long Ace Song

"How Long"
How Long Ace.jpg
Single by Ace
from the album Five-A-Side
"Sniffin' About"
Released March 1975
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Soft rock[1][2]
Length 3:22
Label Anchor
Paul Carrack
John Anthony
Ace singles chronology
"How Long"
(1975)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This"
(1975)

"How Long"
(1974)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This"
(1975)

"How Long" is a 1974 song by the British group Ace from their album Five-A-Side. It reached No. 3 in the US and Canadian charts, and No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Although widely interpreted as being about adultery, the song was in fact composed by lead singer Paul Carrack upon discovering that bassist Terry Comer had been secretly working with the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.[4] Comer returned to Ace in time to play on the song.[5]

The guitar solo is by Alan "Bam" King.[6]

Chart history

Weekly charts

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Australia[7] 63
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 3
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 24
US Cash Box Top 100[13] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1975) Rank
Canada [14] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 57
US Cash Box [16] 47

Covers

Charting versions

  • Lipps Inc. recorded a cover in 1981 that reached No. 4 on the U.S. dance chart, No. 29 on the U.S. soul singles chart, and No. 42 in Canada.[17]
  • In 1993, British reggae group Aswad and singer Yazz covered the song which reached No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart,[20] from Yazz's 1994 album One on One.[21]
  • Composer and original vocalist Paul Carrack performed a new version of the song on his 1996 album Blue Views.[22] Carrack's solo version hit #32 on the UK charts.

Other versions

The following artists have also recorded cover versions of "How Long":

References

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "How Long - Ace : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "How Long - Ace |". Toponehitwonders.com. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 13. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Ace | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Classic Music Hits from the '50s through Today". Timelife.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Biography by Eugene Chadbourne (1946-09-18). "Alan "Bam" King | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3969a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Ace - How Long" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Ace: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ ""Ace - Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ace". Billboard. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-1993. Record Research. p. 12. 
  13. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 5/31/75". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  16. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1975". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ Steve Huey. "Lipps, Inc. | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1945-01-10). "Rod Stewart | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Search Help". Google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 613. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  21. ^ "Yazz - One On One". Discogs.com. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Blue Views - Paul Carrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Home Is Where the Heart Is - Bobby Womack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Love's Ups and Downs - Barbara Mandrell | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Barbara Dickson - Coming Alive Again (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ Thom Jurek (2013-08-13). "Train Keeps a Rolling - Jeff Golub,Brian Auger | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 

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