Turn Back the Hands of Time

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"Turn Back the Hands of Time"
Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis.jpg
Single by Tyrone Davis
from the album Turn Back the Hands of Time
B-side "I Keep Coming Back"
Released February 1970
Format 7" single
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 2:35
Label Dakar Records

Jack Daniels

Bonnie Thompson
Producer(s) Willie Henderson

"Turn Back the Hands of Time" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Tyrone Davis. The song was co-written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson and produced by Willie Henderson. Daniels and Thompson wrote "Turn Back the Hands of Time" based on the relationship problems that Daniels was having at the time. Daniels had co-written Davis's 1968 hit "Can I Change My Mind" and the recording session for "Turn Back the Hands of Time" included some of the same musicians from "Can I Change My Mind".

"Turn Back the Hands of Time" was released as a single in February 1970 and became Davis's second major hit, spending two weeks at number one on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and reaching number three on its Pop chart.[1] The single was also certified gold by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. "Turn Back the Hands of Time" is from the album of the same name that MTV says "ranks among the best soul LP's of its time".[2]

Use in media[edit]

The song appears in the 1995 movie, Nine Months.

Chart history[edit]


  • Background vocals by Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record & Robert Lester
  • Bass guitar by Bernard Reed
  • Drums by Quinton Joseph
  • Guitar by Carl Woolfolk
  • Keyboards by Floyd Morris
  • Lead vocals by Tyrone Davis
  • Written by Jack Daniels & Bonnie Thompson
  • Produced by Willie Henderson
  • Arranged by Tom-Tom Washington

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 147. 
  2. ^ "About Tyrone Davis". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 30, 1970
  5. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  6. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1970
  7. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., Life Retrieved January 29, 2016.