Don't Turn Around (Black Ivory song)

"Don't Turn Around" is the top 40 debut single of American soul/R&B vocal group, Black Ivory. The song was written, produced, and arranged by record producer, Patrick Adams[1]

"Don't Turn Around"
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Single by Black Ivory
from the album Don't Turn Around
B-side"I Keep Asking You Questions"
StudioSigma Sound Studios
GenreR&B, Soul
LabelToday Records/Perception Records
Songwriter(s)Patrick Adams
Producer(s)Patrick Adams
Black Ivory singles chronology
"Don't Turn Around"
"You and I"

Song informationEdit

Black Ivory's debut single, "Don't Turn Around", was released in April 1971. It is the title track from their debut album. The song entered the Billboard Soul singles chart in November 1971, peaking at No. 38 in January 1972.[2] The single along with the B-side, "I Keep Asking You Questions", written by Black Ivory and Adams, was recorded at Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Critical receptionEdit

Andrew Hamilton, reviewing the album on AllMusic, described it as, "Black Ivory's first single was this hurtin' Patrick Adams ballad released by Today Records the spring of 1971. Leroy Burgess' sweet, innocent falsetto worms right into your heart as he tries to convince himself that an affair is over".[3]

Covers and samplesEdit

In 1989, the Washington, D.C.-based go-go band E.U. covered, "Don't Turn Around"[4] on their album, "Livin' Large".

Rapper Raekwon sampled "I Keep Asking You Questions" for his song Criminology[5] on his acclaimed 1995 album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

In 2010, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man sampled, "I Keep Asking You Questions" on their single, Criminology 2.5. from the album, Wu-Massacre

Poet Wanda Robinson, on her album Black Ivory, used the instrumental track of "Don't Turn Around" as the background for her poem "The Final Hour" and "I Keep Asking You Questions" for her poem "Instant Replay." Robinson was Black Ivory's label mate at Today/Perception.[6]


Black Ivory Leroy Burgess, Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson - Vocals


Produced, conducted and arranged by Patrick Adams

  • Vocal arrangements by Leroy Burgess
  • String arrangements on "If I Could Be A Mirror, by Leroy Burgess

Don't Turn Around/I Keep Asking You Questions (Singles)


  1. ^ "Patrick Adams". Discogs.
  2. ^ "Black Ivory". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Don't Turn Around - Black Ivory | Song Info | AllMusic" – via
  4. ^ "E.U.'s 'Don't Turn Around'". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
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  6. ^ "Wanda Robinson, In So Many Words". San Angelo LIVE!. June 8, 2015.