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Please Don't Leave Me (John Sykes song)

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"Please Don't Leave Me"
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Single by John Sykes
Released1982
StudioLombard Sound (Dublin)
GenreSoft rock
Length4:51
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)Phil Lynott, John Sykes
Producer(s)Chris Tsangarides
John Sykes singles chronology
"Please Don't Leave Me"
(1982)
"I Don't Wanna Live My Life Like You"
(1995)
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"Please Don't Leave Me" is a song by English hard rock musician John Sykes. It was released in 1982 by MCA Records as his first solo single. It also features members of the Irish hard rock group Thin Lizzy, including frontman Phil Lynott, who co-wrote the track with Sykes.

After leaving his previous band Tygers of Pan Tang, Sykes was still contractually obligated to deliver a single to MCA Records. Having already written the instrumental for what was to become "Please Don't Leave Me", Sykes wanted to approach Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott about a potential collaboration.[1] Producer Chris Tsangarides, who had worked with both Tygers of Pan Tang and Thin Lizzy, acted as an intermediary.[2] After listening to a demo, Lynott agreed to participate, bringing drummer Brian Downey and keyboardist Darren Wharton with him. The song was recorded at Lombard Studios in Dublin with Tsangarides producing.[1] After the track was finished, Lynott asked Sykes to join Thin Lizzy, which he accepted.[2]

In 1992, "Please Don't Leave Me" was repackaged with material Sykes had recorded with Tygers of Pan Tang and released as a compilation album in Japan. That same year, Danish hard rock group Pretty Maids covered the song on their album Sin-Decade.[3] Sykes would later re-record "Please Don't Leave Me" for his 1997 album Loveland, on which it was retitled "Don't Hurt Me This Way (Please Don't Leave Me '97)".

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Hard rock

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John Sykes

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John James Sykes is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Tygers of Pan Tang. He has also fronted the hard rock group Blue Murder and released several solo albums.

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MCA Records

MCA Records was an American record label owned by MCA Inc., which later became part of Universal Music Group.

Thin Lizzy

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Phil Lynott

Phil Lynott

Philip Parris Lynott was an Irish singer, bassist, and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture.

Chris Tsangarides

Chris Tsangarides

Christopher Andrew Tsangarides was a British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, and mixer of Greek Cypriot origin. He was best known for his work with many heavy metal artists, including Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Helloween, Anvil, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tygers of Pan Tang.

Brian Downey (drummer)

Brian Downey (drummer)

Brian Michael Downey is an Irish drummer. He was a founding member of the rock band Thin Lizzy and the only other constant in the band aside from leader Phil Lynott until their disbandment in 1983. Downey also co-wrote several Thin Lizzy songs. Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia has argued that Downey is "certainly one of the most underrated [rock drummers] of his generation".

Darren Wharton

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Dublin

Dublin

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Pretty Maids

Pretty Maids

Pretty Maids is a Danish hard rock/heavy metal band from Horsens. Formed in 1981 by Ken Hammer, and completed with Ronnie Atkins in 1982, their sound and music can be described as classic guitar-laden heavy rock with a strong emphasis on melody.

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Sin-Decade

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Loveland (John Sykes album)

Loveland (John Sykes album)

Loveland is the second solo album by John Sykes, released in 1997. The record was originally pitched to Sykes by Mercury Records' Japanese branch as a seven-track extended play of ballads. Eventually Sykes decided to expand the project into a full-length album. The track "Don't Hurt Me This Way" is a re-recording of Sykes' 1982 single "Please Don't Leave Me", which features late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by John Sykes and Phil Lynott, except where noted.[4][5]

7" vinyl (1982)

No.TitleLength
1."Please Don't Leave Me"4:51
2."Please Don't Leave Me" (instrumental)3:57
Total length:8:48

CD (1992, Japan)

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Please Don't Leave Me" (original version) 4:51
2."Don't Take Nothing"Tygers of Pan Tang2:52
3."Bad Times"Tygers of Pan Tang3:07
4."All or Nothing"Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane2:44
5."Don't Give a Damn"Tygers of Pan Tang4:31
6."Please Don't Leave Me" (short version) 4:18
7."Slave to Freedom" (live)Tygers of Pan Tang5:02
8."Raised on Rock" (live)Tygers of Pan Tang4:44
9."Paradise Drive"Tygers of Pan Tang3:45
10."Love Potion No. 9" (7" mix)Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller2:08
11."Please Don't Leave Me" (instrumental version) 3:57
Total length:42:00

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Phil Lynott

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Philip Parris Lynott was an Irish singer, bassist, and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture.

Tygers of Pan Tang

Tygers of Pan Tang

Tygers of Pan Tang are an English heavy metal band who are part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. They formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England, and were active until 1987. The band reformed in 1999 and continue to record and perform. The name is derived from Pan Tang, a fictional archipelago in Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné fantasy series whose wizards keep tigers as pets.

Steve Marriott

Steve Marriott

Stephen Peter Marriott was an English guitarist, singer and songwriter. He co-founded and played in the rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie, in a career spanning over two decades. Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.

Ronnie Lane

Ronnie Lane

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Love Potion No. 9 (song)

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Personnel

Credits are adapted from the liner notes.[4]

Musicians

Production

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John Sykes

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John James Sykes is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Tygers of Pan Tang. He has also fronted the hard rock group Blue Murder and released several solo albums.

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Philip Parris Lynott was an Irish singer, bassist, and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture.

Brian Downey (drummer)

Brian Downey (drummer)

Brian Michael Downey is an Irish drummer. He was a founding member of the rock band Thin Lizzy and the only other constant in the band aside from leader Phil Lynott until their disbandment in 1983. Downey also co-wrote several Thin Lizzy songs. Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia has argued that Downey is "certainly one of the most underrated [rock drummers] of his generation".

Darren Wharton

Darren Wharton

Darren Leigh Wharton is a British keyboardist, singer and songwriter. He has fronted his own band, Dare, since 1985, but first came to attention as a member of Thin Lizzy. His son, Paris, is also a musician.

Chris Tsangarides

Chris Tsangarides

Christopher Andrew Tsangarides was a British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, and mixer of Greek Cypriot origin. He was best known for his work with many heavy metal artists, including Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Helloween, Anvil, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tygers of Pan Tang.

John Swannell (photographer)

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References
  1. ^ a b Dome, Malcolm (February–March 2019). "Thunder and Lightning - The Last Days of Thin Lizzy". Rock Candy. No. 12. London, England: Rock Candy Magazine Limited. pp. 28–32.
  2. ^ a b Syrjälä, Marko (7 September 2008). "John Sykes - Thin Lizzy, ex-Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Tygers of Pan Tang". Metal-Rules.com. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  3. ^ Syrjälä, Marko (2 April 2011). "Pretty Maids – Vocalist Ronnie Atkins". Metal-Rules.com. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Please Don't Leave Me. John Sykes. MCA Records. 1982. MCA 792.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ Please Don't Leave Me (booklet). John Sykes. MCA Records. 1992. MVCM-309.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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