Touch Me When We're Dancing

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"Touch Me When We're Dancing" is a song written by Terry Skinner, J. L. Wallace and Ken Bell. Skinner and Wallace headed the Muscle Shoals, Alabama session group Bama,[1] who first recorded this song and released it as a single in 1979 reaching the Billboard Easy Listening chart at number 42 and ranking on the Billboard bubbling under the Hot 100 chart. The song was later recorded by The Carpenters in 1981 on their Made in America album, in 1984 it was recorded by country music artists Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain on their 1984 duet album It Takes Believers (but never released it as a single) and in 1986 by the country music group Alabama.

Bama version[edit]

The version by Bama was produced by Jim Vienneau and released on the Free Flight label. It received a positive review in Billboard which praised the "smooth production" and said that the song "allows the group to achieve a strong identity".[2]

The Carpenters' version[edit]

"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
Touch Me When We're Dancing.jpg
Touch Me When We're Dancing resembles the "Made in America" cover.
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Made in America
B-side "Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)"
Released June 19, 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980–1981
Genre Pop
Length 3:19
Label A&M
Writer(s) Ken Bell, Terry Skinner and J. L. Wallace
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"I Believe You"
"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
"(Want You) Back in My Life Again"

The Carpenters' version of "Touch Me When We're Dancing" was released on their Made in America album in the summer of 1981. It was the last of their singles to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after not having a song appear on that chart for over three years. It was also their fifteenth (and final) #1 song on the adult contemporary chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] The B-side, "Because We Are in Love", was played at Karen Carpenter's wedding to Thomas Burris on August 31, 1980.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Touch Me When Were Dancing" can be found on The Carpenters video collection Gold. The video consists of Karen Carpenter singing and slowly dancing by her brother Richard Carpenter's piano. Footage of a couple dancing is superimposed onto Richard's black piano, as is a view from behind Richard of his hands as he plays. In the background are the guitar player and the drummer.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1
Australian Singles Chart 78
Preceded by
"I Don't Need You"
by Kenny Rogers
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
number-one single

August 22—September 5, 1981
Succeeded by
"Endless Love"
by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

Credits and personnel[edit]

Alabama version[edit]

"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
Single by Alabama
from the album The Touch
B-side "Hanging Up My Travlin' Shoes"
Released September 12, 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1986
Genre Country
Length 3:43
Label RCA
Writer(s) Ken Bell, Terry Skinner and J. L. Wallace
Producer(s) Harold Shedd and Alabama
Alabama singles chronology
"She and I"
"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
"Deep River Woman"
Music video
"Touch Me When We're Dancing" at

The Alabama version was released in September 1986 as the first single from the album The Touch. It went on to become a number one hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart later that year, their 20th straight chart-topper in a string that dated back to 1980.[6] A music video was made for the song, and was directed by Marc Ball.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"You're Still New to Me"
by Marie Osmond with Paul Davis
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 29, 1986
Succeeded by
"It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"Hell and High Water"
by T. Graham Brown
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 13, 1986
Succeeded by
"Too Much Is Not Enough"
by The Bellamy Brothers with The Forester Sisters


  1. ^ Kirby, Kip (29 September 1979). "Welk Beefing Up Publishing Group". Billboard. 91 (39): 10. 
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (28 July 1979). "First Time Around". Billboard: 59. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 48. 
  4. ^ "Carpenters – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Carpenters.
  5. ^ "Carpenters – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Carpenters.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Alabama – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.

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