Sometimes When We Touch

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"Sometimes When We Touch"
Single by Dan Hill
from the album Longer Fuse
Released 4 February 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded 1977
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:05
Label GRT TU 2750/20th Century Fox
Writer(s) Dan Hill (lyrics)
Barry Mann (music)

"Sometimes When We Touch" is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) on the album Longer Fuse, but was also released as a single in 1978. It was Hill's biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. Musicians included Larrie Londin (drums), Bob Mann (guitar), Don Potter (guitar), Tom Szczesniak (bass). The record was produced by Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley, recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto.

The song has appeared on many "worst songs" lists, including #9 on the list of the worst 75 songs on the Pop Culture Madness website,[2] and #40 on the list of AOL Radio's 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening exclaiming, "There isn't enough room to run down the oversharing, self-mythologizing and total sissy-ness displayed here."[3]

In 2003, the song was used in a Geico commercial. Manny Pacquiao sang this song on November 3, 2009 showing of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. This was Pacquiao's first guest appearance on an American late night TV talk show and his first singing performance on American TV. He would later revive this song on April 2011 as his single and reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary top 20 list and has become the third most added song on radio playlists in the US. In August 2012, Dream Theater performed an impromptu short cover in Rio de Janerio.[4] In May 2014, the song was shown on the Simpsons episode, The Yellow Badge of Cowardge.

Other versions[edit]

Tina Turner recorded a version for her 1978 album, Rough. An Estonian language version of the song (entitled "Puudutus") also exists. Often performed as a duet, the song has been covered by Koit Toome and Maarja-Liis Ilus among others. On Toome's acoustic greatest hits album, "Allikas", the song is present as a solo piece with the tune credited to "H. Dan".

UK dance singer Newton also took the song into the top 40 in the UK (peaking at #32 in February 1996) and to #5 in Australia, also in 1996. Newton's version went Gold in Australia.

In 2008, Daniel Evans performed the song at his first audition on series 5 of the X Factor (UK) bringing judge Cheryl Cole to tears after he sung in memory of his wife who died shortly after childbirth. The clip has had nearly 20 million views on YouTube. He subsequently released the song on his debut album No Easy Way in 2010.

The ska band Five Iron Frenzy also did a cover of this song as part of a "Medley" during their farewell tour in 2004. There is also a version recorded in 1980 by Cleo Laine and James Galway. Tammy Wynette covered the song in 1985 with country-pop singer Mark Gray. Their duet version peaked at No. 6 on the country singles chart in 1985. British singer Rod Stewart recorded the song for his 1996 album If We Fall in Love Tonight. Veteran British entertainer Tommy Steele recorded this on his Family Album.

När vi rör varann[edit]

There is a Swedish version of the lyrics, called När vi rör varann (When we touch each other), written by Ingela "Pling" Forsman and recorded by Kikki Danielsson in 1980 and Susanne Alfvengren in 1984. När vi rör varann has become the signature song for Susanne Alfvengren. The Monica Silverstrand version was at Svensktoppen 24 February-2 March 1980, with 9th and 6th places as results there.

Swedish Opera singer Loa Falkman covered this song on his album Symfonin in 1990.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 10 Ickiest Soft-Rock Hits of the '70s - Oldies Music". Oldies.about.com. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ Pop Culture Madness website, http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/WORST.html
  3. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Four of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Video on YouTube

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