Torn Between Two Lovers

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For the Mary MacGregor album, see Torn Between Two Lovers (album).
"Torn Between Two Lovers"
Single by Mary MacGregor
from the album Torn Between Two Lovers
B-side "I Just Want to Love You"
Released 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:40
Label Ariola America
Writer(s) Peter Yarrow
Phillip Jarrell
Producer(s) Peter Yarrow
Barry Beckett
Mary MacGregor singles chronology
"Torn Between Two Lovers"
(1976)
"The Girl (Has Turned Into a Woman)"
(1977)

"Torn Between Two Lovers" is the title of a pop song written by Peter Yarrow (of the folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary) and Phillip Jarrell. It was inspired by Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel, Doctor Zhivago, which featured a man in love with two women. Yarrow originally intended the song to be sung by a man. The song was ultimately recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio by Mary MacGregor in 1976. The song became the title track of MacGregor's first album, Torn Between Two Lovers.

"Torn Between Two Lovers" reached #1 on the U.S. pop chart in February 1977 and the easy listening chart in the final week of 1976 and first week of 1977.[1] The song also peaked at #3 on the country charts.[2] In early 1977, the song peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom.[3]

Covers[edit]

"Torn Between Two Lovers" has also been recorded by Johnny Rodriguez for his 1977 album Practice Makes Perfect, Anna-Lena Löfgren for her 1979 album Lev Som Du Lär and Anita Meyer for her 1984 album Face to Face. Connie Francis recorded "Torn Between Two Lovers" for her 1989 album release Where the Hits Are which was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and contained a number of songs whose original versions were Muscle Shoals recordings.

"Torn Between Two Lovers" has been rendered in a number of languages including German: "Zwischen Zwei Gefühlen" by Penny McLean, Portuguese: "Só, Entre Dois Amores" by Celly Campello (pt), Dutch: "Hulpeloos verloren" by Conny Vandenbos and Swedish: "Ge Mig Dina Tankar" by Wizex.

TV movie[edit]

"Torn Between Two Lovers" inspired the title of a television movie aired in 1979, starring Lee Remick, George Peppard and Joseph Bologna, in which the song is played.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976/1977) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 152. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 211. 
  3. ^ MARY MacGREGOR | Artist | Official Charts
  4. ^ Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada