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Please Don't Go by KC & The Sunshine Band

Album: Do You Wanna Go Party?Released: 1979Charted:
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  • This was KC & The Sunshine Band's first love ballad, and the last of their incredible 5 #1 hits in the United States. Like all their hits, it was written by their bass player/producer Rick Finch and frontman Harry Wayne Casey. Finch told us: "I started recognizing that all the stuff we put out was up-tempo. We didn't have any slow songs. Because I figured that slow songs were boring, and we didn't want to have people going to sleep on us. So I said, Okay, we better come up with something different. So we started trying to reinvent ourselves without changing the sound too much. And that was really tough for us to do. So we had a little off point album, which would be the album called Who Do You Love. That's when we were trying to figure out what to do next. And then after that we came up with 'Please Don't Go.'"
  • Finch parted ways with KC & The Sunshine Band soon after this was released, and the split was far from amicable. He explains what led to it: "I remember being in Disney World in California, and there was a certain moment where everyone was just flipping out and we were almost fist-fighting. And I said, 'So this is what it's come to.' And I was like, 'Well, I don't want to be here anymore, and I quit.' As we grew, the differences got greater and the distractions got greater, and people were all over the place. So I'm like, Okay, this is not what I want. All the craziness on the road, and everything that was going on, I just didn't feel like I fit into that, I don't subscribe to that craziness.
    If you listen very closely when I'm producing the vocal on that, you'll hear the conviction in KC's voice, because that was the absolute last song that I did produce for KC & The Sunshine Band. And then I left, and the managers recommended that KC get rid of the band and just make it a solo career. So he goes and signs this deal with Epic, I came back for a few minutes to help patch up a song here or there, like 'Give It Up.'" (check out our interview with Richard Finch)
  • In 1992 a dance version of the song was recorded by Eurodance group Double You and was a major world wide hit. It earned Double You gold and platinum records in a number of European countries including Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands and many other countries throughout the world. In Britain and the US it was only a minor hit, instead a similar cover with the same distinctive arrangement by the British group KWS topped the UK charts for 5 weeks and reached #6 in the US. However they were sued by Double You's record label over the similarities between the 2 versions. The proceedings lasted 3 years with the judge finally ruling that there was a separate copyright in an arrangement, distinct from the copyright in the original song. KWS had 3 more UK Top 30 hits with covers of "Rock Your Baby," "Hold Back The Night" and "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)." When they were nominated for the Best British Newcomer award at the 1993 BRIT Awards alongside another covers group, Undercover, the decision drew much criticism from the British music press.
  • This song was featured on season 2 episode 3 of the CBS TV show Cold Case titled "Daniela." >>
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    Jonathan - Natchitoches, LA
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Comments: 2

Pull it off? In this case that radical departure took a schmaltzy disco band and turned it into legitimate force to be contended with. While slightly on the campy side, it still displays a much better vocal approach by KC and also great production work filled with those wonderful sounding synthesizer layers. In the drone of ho-hum disco hits, this song lifted KC into a higher eschelon of music and really legitimized him. It's not hard to understand why so many people hate disco, and this song took me from being a KC hater to having a degree of respect for his songwriting talents. Change can be VERY GOOD!Jesse - Madison, Wi
A radical departure from KC and the Sunshine Band's disco hits but the group managed to pull it off.Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
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