Friday, July 29, 2011

The Carpenters - "Touch Me When We're Dancing"

Touch Me When We're Dancing - Made in America

(Debuted June 20, 1981, Peaked #16, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

I've said it before in my 1970s music blog and I'll say it again here: Karen Carpenter could have sung names from an open phone book and sounded good doing it.

The final hit for The Carpenters before Karen's tragic death was a song that had charted back in 1979 for a group called Bama (not Alabama, read on for more about them). A few members of the band came up with the tune while on the road and took it to #86 in the Fall of that year. In 1981, the Carpenters took the song, gave it their own spin on the LP Made in America and had their biggest hit in years with it. It went into the pop Top 20 and to #1 on the adult contemporary chart.

In 1986, the song would also make it to the #1 spot on the country chart when it was recorded by the group Alabama. Not Bama, who originally recorded it, but Alabama.

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