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Linda Clifford – If My Friends Could See Me Now (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 29th, 2013


Side A


Linda Clifford (born June 14, 1948, New York) is an American R&B, disco and house music singer and actress, who scored hits from the 1970s to the 1980s, most notably “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, “Bridge over Troubled Water”, “Runaway Love” and “Red Light”.

“If My Friends Could See Me Now”, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, is a number from the 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity. In the musical, the character of Charity, played in original New York cast by Gwen Verdon, reflects on her charmed life as she spends time with Vittorio. In the 1969 film adaptation of Sweet Charity, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” is performed by Shirley MacLaine.

In 1978 Linda Clifford released an album entitled If My Friends Could See Me Now featuring a disco version of the Sweet Charity number of that name. Clifford – who had been an extra in the filmation of Sweet Charity – originally responded negatively to the suggestion – made by a secretary at Curtom Records – that she record a dance version of “If My Friends Could See Me Now” “because I thought it would be sacrilegious. I’ve always been a theatre buff, so this [would be] a no-no….Then they recorded [the backing track] anyway and brought it to me, and I said, ‘Ooh, I like that.’ Once I heard the music I was like, ‘It’s different but it’s the same.'” Clifford would recall how subsequent to her success with “If My Friends Could See Me Now” Cy Coleman would “[call] in to a radio station that I was being interviewed on and thanked me over the air for doing his song and bringing it to the masses.”

“If My Friends Could See Me Now” in tandem with two other album tracks: “Gypsy Lady” and “Runaway Love”, hit #1 on the Billboard disco chart dated April 29, 1978 remaining at #1 for a total of five weeks. Released as a 7″ single in August 1978 – “Runaway Love” having been the lead 7″ single from the If My Friends… album – “If My Friends Could See Me Now” reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 with an R&B chart peak of #68. In the UK “If My Friends Could See Me Now” was issued as the A-side of a 7″ single – with “Runaway Love” as the B-side – in May 1978 failing to become a major UK hit with a peak of #50 on the UK chart dated June 24, 1978.

If My Friends Could See Me Now 10:12
Written-By – C. Coleman*, D. Fields*

Gypsy Lady 9:58
Engineer – R. Anfinsen*
Producer – Curtis Mayfield
Remix – J. Simpson*
Written-By – C. Mayfield*, G. Askey*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)


Year Single Chart Position
1978 If My Friends Could See Me Now U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #54
1978 If My Friends Could See Me Now U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles #68
1978 If My Friends Could See Me Now U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco #1


Label: Curtom ‎– DISCO PRO-A-709
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer, Arranged By – Gil Askey

Special Disco versions taken from the LP,
“If My Friends Could See Me Now”

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Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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15 Responses to “Linda Clifford – If My Friends Could See Me Now (US 12″)”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Great Song,
    have A Great Easter



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a great Easter too Patrick 🙂


  2. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul! Have a great weekend and a great Easter there!!! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring. Thank you 🙂


  3. george e. Says:

    Exellent 12″ dear Paul! I always loved the B-Side! Thanks and “happy easter” (ours is on May 5th). Thanks for the good choice of disco music!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you George E. I actually prefer the b-side myself 🙂


  4. Ryan Says:

    Ooh, I love this one! Thanks, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ryan 🙂


  5. ric Says:

    Happy Easter to you, Paul!
    And thanks for another Disco treat!
    Love Linda’s single from Fame as well, she had quite the run in the Disco charts at the cross of the 70-80s decade


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Easter Ric 🙂 Listening to the b-side today she sounds a lot like Jody watley in some parts. I could picture Jody covering “Gypsy Lady”. Love “Red Hot” not sure if it had a 12″ version though.


  6. cdmaniac Says:

    One of my favorite Disco Trax Evah!!!!
    Thanks Paul!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Cdmaniac 🙂


  7. antbee Says:

    Thank you for this, Paul! I used to love this song so much!


  8. Edu Says:

    This song is so f***ing AWESOME! Thank you so much for this disco anthem.


  9. Chad Says:

    Thank you sharing this. One of my dear friends has mentioned his mother (Linda) to me several times and told me of her success in the 70’s and 80’s, yet I’ve never heard her until now. And I see why he sings her praises. She is still active today and has a great facebook page a recent release with Martha Wash and Evelyn “Champagne” King called “First Ladies of Disco. Thanks again!!


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