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 November 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"
"The Girl (Has Turned Into a Woman)"

"Torn Between Two Lovers" is a pop song written by Peter Yarrow (of the folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary) and Phillip Jarrell. The song describes a love triangle and laments that "loving both of you is breaking all the rules". Yarrow originally intended the song to be sung by a man,[citation needed] but it was ultimately made famous by a woman, Mary MacGregor, who recorded it at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1976. The song became the title track of MacGregor's first album.

Chart performance[edit]

"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]


Preceded by
"Car Wash" by Rose Royce
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 5, 1977 - February 12 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band


"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. Joey Sontz recorded "Torn Between Two Lovers" for his debut album "Chasing The Dream" in 2012.

"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, Spanish: "Entre dos amores" by Christie Lee.

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.

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