Careless Hands

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"Careless Hands" is a popular song written by Carl Sigman and Bob Hilliard, and first recorded in 1948.

The song was originally recorded by Sammy Kaye with vocals by Don Cornell,[1] and then recorded in 1949 by Mel Tormé, whose version reached no.1 on the US pop chart and became Tormé's first major success.[2] It was also recorded by many other singers including Bing Crosby and Al Martino.[1]

In the UK, a version by comedian and entertainer Des O'Connor reached no.6 on the UK singles chart in 1967.[3] In the 1970s, the song became a country hit in the US for Dottie West, and was later recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis.


  1. ^ a b "Careless Hands" at Retrieved 19 February 2014
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 421. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 565. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.