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Sometimes When We Touch is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) on the album Longer Fuse, but was also released as asingle in 1978. It was Hill’s biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Musicians included Larrie Londin (drums), Bob Mann (guitar), Don Potter(guitar), Tom Scyzniak (bass). The record was produced by Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley, recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto. The song has long been controversial; notwithstanding its admirers, it has appeared on many “worst songs” lists; examples include #9 on the list of the worst 75 songs on the Pop Culture Madness website, [1] and #40 on the list of AOL Radio’s 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening exclaiming, “There isn’t enough room to run down the oversharing, self-mythologizing and total sissy-ness [sic] displayed here.”[2]

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.

Tina Turner covered the song on her 1978 album Rough. 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. (source: Wikipedia)

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