Song / IF
John Alford / If
"If" is a song written by American singer-songwriter David Gates in 1971.
Originally popularised by his group Bread, the song charted at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 when released as a single in 1971 and number six in Canada.
It has been covered by many other singers and musicians, including Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Westlife and Frank Sinatra.
Telly Savalas recorded a mostly-spoken version which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in March 1975, and has the shortest title of any song to reach number one in the UK.
John Alford recorded his version in 1996 and was released as a double A single with Keep on Running. The single reached number 24 in the UK and both songs were included on his debut album, John Alford.