Written by John Bettis and Michael Clark
#1 (2 weeks)
June 19 – June 26, 1982
Gender swaps can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re changing the perspective from female to male.
Conway Twitty’s cover of the Pointer Sisters hit “Slow Hand” takes the additional difficult step of switching from first to second person. This could have been a disaster in the hands of a lesser artist. With Twitty at the mic, it’s pretty damn spectacular.
He comes off as a guy who knows what a woman desires in the deepest part of her heart. Not only can he articulate it perfectly, he’s going to fully deliver on making every wish of hers come true.
So yes, one of the best country records of 1982 was a disco soul hit only one year earlier, and it fits just as well on country radio as it did on the pop and R&B charts. It’s a classic in both of its forms.
“Slow Hand” gets an A.