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|Single by The Pointer Sisters|
|from the album Black & White|
|B-side||"Holdin' Out For Love"|
|The Pointer Sisters singles chronology|
"Slow Hand" is a song recorded by American vocal group The Pointer Sisters for their eighth studio album Black & White (1981). The song, written by Michael Clark and John Bettis, was released by the Planet label on May 1981 as the lead single from Black & White.
Background and impact
Although its sultry style recalls the Pointer Sisters' first American top-ten hit, the 1978 number two hit "Fire", "Slow Hand" was not written for the group; in fact John Bettis would state "the Pointer Sisters were the furthest [act] from [the composers'] minds." However producer Richard Perry (Richard Perry quote:)"knew 'Slow Hand' [would be] an instant smash [hit]...that...would recapitulate and expand on the intimacy [of] 'Fire'." Like "Fire"—which also featured Anita Pointer on lead—"Slow Hand" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, behind "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. "Slow Hand" reached that position in August 1981 when it also reached number seven on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Slow Hand" was ranked in the top 25 best singles of the year by The Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll.
"Slow Hand" also afforded the Pointer Sisters international success, including the first appearance by the group in the top-ten on the UK Singles Chart.
Credits and personnel
- Anita Pointer – lead vocals
- June Pointer – background vocals
- Ruth Pointer – background vocals
- Richard Perry – producer
- Michael Clark – writer
- John Bettis – writer
Del Reeves version
Conway Twitty version
|Single by Conway Twitty|
|from the album Southern Comfort|
|B-side||"When Love Was Something Else"|
|Released||April 24, 1982|
|Songwriter(s)||Michael Clark, John Bettis|
|Producer(s)||Jimmy Bowen, Conway Twitty|
|Conway Twitty singles chronology|
The song was covered in April 1982 by country singer Conway Twitty with minor lyric changes to accommodate a heterosexual male singer. His version, on Elektra Records, topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for two weeks that June, and was his last multi-week number-one song. 
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||6|
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