Sometimes When We Touch

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"Sometimes When We Touch"
Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill.jpg
Single by Dan Hill
from the album Longer Fuse
B-side"Still Not Used To"
ReleasedNovember 1977[1]
Format7" single
GenreSoft rock[2][3]
Length4:05 (Album Version)
3:31 (Single Edit)
LabelGRT TU 2750/20th Century Fox
Songwriter(s)Dan Hill (lyrics)
Barry Mann (music)
Producer(s)Matthew McCauley, Fred Mollin

"Sometimes When We Touch" is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) on the album Longer Fuse and also released that year as a single. It was Hill's biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[4] Musicians included Bobby Ogdin (piano), 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.

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 sang 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.

Manny Pacquiao sang this song[5] on the 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 record this song in April 2011 as a single which reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[citation needed]

In August 2012, Dream Theater performed an impromptu short cover in Rio de Janeiro.[6]

"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 reached the Svensktoppen from 24 February-2 March 1980, peaking at number 6.

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

"เงียบๆคนเดียว (Alone Quietly)"[edit]

There is a Thai song using the melody of this song, lyrics were written in 1989 by See Fah and performed by Thongchai McIntyre in his album "Boomerang" released in 1990. This song is about the failed relationship of one couple, the man wanted the woman to leave him alone and forget everyting about him when she started her new relationship.

"Without Words"[edit]

Chinese lyrics were written for Barry Mann's music by Beijing-based director Chen Peng for his gay relationship series Like Love (2014) and Nobody Knows But Me (2015). A music video of this version was released in 2014,[7] and another music video was released in 2015 with the words sung by Chen Peng and the actors Kong Chuinan, Huang Lige, Liu Mei Lu, Dong Yufeng and Ma Yu.[8]

Cultural influence[edit]

The song has been used in numerous films, television programs and commercials since its initial release. Among the more notable usages are the 1999 film, Superstar, a 2003 GEICO commercial, the 2008 film, Tropic Thunder, and the Simpsons episode, The Yellow Badge of Cowardge, in May 2014. Despite the track's chart success and enduring cultural influence, it was placed #40 on the list of AOL Radio's 100 Worst Songs Ever.[9]

Chart performance[edit]


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  2. ^ "The 10 Ickiest Soft-Rock Hits of the '70s - Oldies Music". 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  3. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 115.
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
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  9. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Four of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  11. ^ "Sometimes When We Touch". Charts NZ. 1978. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  12. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Dan Hill Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Dan Hill Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-12-04. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
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