The ’59 2018 #190: 180709
Simply Red – A new flame (1989)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 31 – 1989.
A New Flame was the third album from Simply Red, released in February 1989. It was a huge success worldwide, becoming the band’s first UK number one album and certified 7x Platinum by the BPI for sales of 2,100,000 copies in the UK alone.
The album’s lead single “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, was originally written for Labelle but they never recorded it. However Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes made it a hit in 1972. Covered by a number of artists subsequently, the Simply Red version took it to No.1 in the UK and the US.