Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0622
Date:  05/30/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  2
Weeks:  24
Genre:  R&B, Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  With the success of "Fire" and "He's So Shy," the Sisters' would continue their new pop-oriented direction with producer Richard Perry and their third album together, "Black & White," featured this #2 single, which ultimately became their biggest pop chart hit. The success of this single drove the LP to #12, making it their best charting album at the time.

ReduxReview:  They went down the same sultry, smokey path of "Fire" and came out with another winner. The Pointers had a knack for taking songs like these and really making them simmer, but soon they would be all about the pop/dance and there wasn't much room for songs like this, which is too bad. This would be their last hit ballad.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This is one of those occasions where a pop hit was remade and turned into a country hit - and in this case, twice. First, country singer Del Reeves release a version of this song in 1981 which reached #53. Then country superstar Conway Twitty released his version in 1982 and it reached #1 - just one among his 40 country #1's


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