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"Slow Hand" is a song recorded by American vocal group The Pointer Sisters for their eighth studio album Black & White (1981). The song, written by Michael Clark and John Bettis, was released by the Planet label on May 1981 as the lead single from Black & White.

"Slow Hand"
Slowhand.jpg
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album Black & White
B-side"Holdin' Out For Love"
ReleasedMay 1981
Format7"
Genre
Length3:53
LabelPlanet
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Richard Perry
The Pointer Sisters singles chronology
"Where Did the Time Go"
(1980)
"Slow Hand"
(1981)
"What a Surprise"
(1981)

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Background and impactEdit

Although its sultry style recalls the Pointer Sisters' first American top-ten hit, the 1978 number two hit "Fire", "Slow Hand" was not written for the group; in fact John Bettis would state "the Pointer Sisters were the furthest [act] from [the composers'] minds."[1] However producer Richard Perry (Richard Perry quote:)"knew 'Slow Hand' [would be] an instant smash [hit]...that...would recapitulate and expand on the intimacy [of] 'Fire'."[2] Like "Fire"—which also featured Anita Pointer on lead—"Slow Hand" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, behind "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. "Slow Hand" reached that position in August 1981 when it also reached number seven on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Slow Hand" was ranked in the top 25 best singles of the year by The Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll.[citation needed]

"Slow Hand" also afforded the Pointer Sisters international success, including the first appearance by the group in the top-ten on the UK Singles Chart.

"Slow Hand" was not the first song recorded by the sisters to have a country feel. In 1974, the group wrote and recorded their breakthrough hit "Fairytale".

Credits and personnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Del Reeves versionEdit

The song was covered in 1981 by country singer Del Reeves, whose version peaked at #53 on the Hot Country Singles chart.

Conway Twitty versionEdit

"Slow Hand"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Southern Comfort
B-side"When Love Was Something Else"
ReleasedApril 24, 1982
GenreCountry
Length2:56
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Michael Clark, John Bettis
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen, Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"The Clown"
(1981)
"Slow Hand"
(1982)
"Over Thirty (Not Over the Hill)"
(1982)

The song was covered in April 1982 by country singer Conway Twitty with minor lyric changes to accommodate a heterosexual male singer. His version, on Elektra Records, topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for two weeks that June, and was his last multi-week number-one song. [11]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6

Modestep versionEdit

The song was covered in 2013 by dubstep and hard rock group, Modestep. It was included on their debut album Evolution Theory.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Billboard vol. 93 #33 (August 22, 1981) p.
  2. ^ Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction Colorado) 13 November 1981 "The Pointer Sisters' Sound: a musical evolution" by Abe Peck p. 16 (The Entertainer)
  3. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 194.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 465.
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 5, 1981
  7. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.4689&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
  8. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/?chart=3870
  9. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  10. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/80s_files/1981YESP.html
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 362.
  12. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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