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Ace

Ace were one of the few pub rock groups to enjoy success on the pop charts, largely due to the warm, soulful vocals of Paul Carrack. While Carrack's voice certainly had crossover appeal -- as he would later prove with his own records, as well as his work with Squeeze and Roxy Music -- the band was also less devoted to the three-chord boogie and country-rock that marked most pub rock bands, favoring soulful R&B. And while they did have hits, their time in the spotlight was brief, and they fell apart shortly after Carrack left for a solo career.

Phil Harris (guitar) and Alan "Bam" King (guitar, vocal) formed Ace in 1972, recruiting Paul Carrack (keyboards, vocals), Terry "Tex" Comer (bass), and Steve Witherington (drums) over the course of the next year. Before the group began recording, they went through several drummers -- Witherington was replaced by Chico Greenwood, who was later replaced by Fran Byrne in 1974. After developing a small but dedicated following on the pub rock circuit, Ace signed with Anchor Records and recorded Five-a-Side. "How Long" -- a song about Comer leaving the band briefly to play with the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, and his subsequent return -- was released as the first single. Most listeners interpreted the song as an ode to a crumbling love affair, and it became a fluke hit in both the U.K. and the U.S. Ace released Time for Another in 1975, but it was generally ignored, especially since the popularity of pub rock was declining rapidly.

Harris left the band in early 1976 and was replaced by John Woodhead. Later that year, Ace opened unsuccessfully for Yes, and then moved to Los Angeles, hoping that the U.S. would prove more receptive to their music. It wasn't. Ace released a final album, No Strings, in 1977 and then disbanded. Comer, Carrack, and Byrne all joined Frankie Miller, but by 1979, Carrack had left to sing with Roxy Music. Following his time with Roxy, he launched a solo career, which he balanced with playing with artists like Squeeze, Nick Lowe, and Mike + the Mechanics. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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That's when music said something
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teck57
The guitar solo is one of the finest examples of the use of a Leslie rotating speaker ever, pure mesmerizing swirly goodness
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Love this song !!!
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j.e.f.1
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70's summer nights��
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Awesome song!! Love it!
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Oh my god I haven't heard this song in years
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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Beautiful music. Memories
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A timeless Classic....
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Love this song!
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Alfoti1940

Takes me back to wonderful memories of my life in the 70's
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johnmargie6
Seriously? How long is this song going on?
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Why has Pandora stopped posting the lyrics to the songs? Anyone know? Hell, I can get them on YouTube or lyric find, but I prefer them to be shown while the song is playing on Pandora.
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How long? Not long enough! Keep it coming. ;-P ;-)
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This is the ONLY version.
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Loved this song... But heard the version from Rod Stewart
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Omg I love this song. I used to play this over and over again on my record player. do you remember the record player? They didn't many songs but this song was awesome. Transport me back to the 70s please.
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arnoldfourni e r
Ahhhhhhhhh.. . . F r e a k OUT!
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kathyw226
He sings songs that I didn't know he did, he's pretty good.
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cmoss291
Old days were good days !!!
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GREAT BAND
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Just a great group,.so under rated...
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Ghmgfcm?gd!! ! ! k k f d c v ! ? k n o w
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mr.wesleyrot h
Yes indeed Carrack's lead voice truly is a great tune.... Just super love song. Wesley - Austin, TX
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Hey baby. Defenetly love this one "how long" ace one hit wonder. Love it
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Love Ace#!!!!
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Never knew this was paul
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They song was about band member breaking up to go to another band
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I knew that was Paul Carrack on vocals and with Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics!
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Saw them in Cleveland Stadium's World Series of Rock in Summer 1975 with a girl named Linda...I got to second base...we placed our blanket there and....never saw her again.
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Interesting note in the biography about the story behind the song. Had no clue...figur e d it was a breakup song. Wonderful song, nice backup vocals. Love the early 70's...GEEAI T C H
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Paul Carrack's voice hits the spot!! I love this voice!!
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I want lyrics please!
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Best band ever!!!!
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laurieb0618
One of my all time favorites - It's one I will never skip!
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The story behind the song had everyone fooled. And of course the song was awesome.
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Paul Carrack is one of the most underrated singers of all time. Wish he come back to the US for some shows!
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stasch78568
Ace opened unsuccessful l y for Yes

I saw their show in Indianapolis on that tour. Ace and Joe Cocker were opening for Yes, but Cocker got sick. They brought in an up-and-comin g band called Kansas to fill in. Ace was okay, but they were an odd fit with the other bands.
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jh5252
Big dady skagman
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My blue eye soul side
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I always thought this was Frampton
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Many memories in this song!
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ljillani
The correct lyric is to break up our SCENE in this way, not break up our singing...
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johnmargie6
Let me tell ya, this was when music was music .........
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When I first heard this, I was so convinced it must be Procol Harum because the lead singer sure sounds like the one from this group.
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Yep I grew up with the Barry Manilow version.
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Stick with pre1973 Caddys' here
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lindamast641 5 5
not to take anything away from them but didn't Barry Manilow make this too?
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bobbyu59
Old school good old days cruzin nights.
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