Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Touch Me When We’re Dancing

Written and first recorded by Bama (US #86/MOR #42 1979).
Hit versions by The Carpenters (US #16/MOR #1 1981), Alabama (C&W #1 1986).
Also recorded by Mickey Gilley & Charly McClain (1984).

From the wiki: “‘Touch Me When We’re Dancing’ was written by Terry Skinner, J. L. Wallace and Ken Bell. Skinner and Wallace headed the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, session group Bama, who first recorded the song and released it as a single in 1979.

“The song was later recorded by The Carpenters in 1981 for their Made in America album. 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.

“In 1984, ‘Touch Me When We’re Dancing’ was then recorded by Country music artists Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain for their 1984 duet album It Takes Believers (but went unreleased as a single), and in 1986 by the country music group Alabama. Alabama’s recording topped the Hot Country Singles chart in 1986m, the group’s 20th straight Country chart-topper in a string dating back to 1980.”

The Carpenters, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” (1981):

Mickey Gilley & Charly McClain, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” (1984):

Alabama, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” (1986):

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