February 6

Slow Hand by Conway Twitty: Love Is Better Taken Gently

In 1982, rock and roll country singer Conway Twitty effortlessly dazzled listeners’ ears when he released his rendition of the classic seductive ballad “Slow Hands.”

Throughout his career, he had recorded several popular songs, including “I’d Love To Lay You Down” and “It’s Only Make Believe.” Aside from his originals, his versions of timeless classics like “Rest Your Love On Me” and “The Rose” had also received phenomenal success. 

Among his countless covers, his rendition of The Pointer Sisters’ major pop hit “Slow Hand” unquestionably became one of Conway Twitty’s best hits. 

His version of the song charted at no. 1 on the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and no. 6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks. 

But aside from Conway’s powerful vocals, the song’s emotional lyrics, which he tweaked, also contributed to its undeniable worldwide success.  

Meaning Behind the Song

Slow Hand was written by Michael Clark and John Bettis for the vocal group The Pointer Sisters in 1981. The song is about someone who yearns for a deeper emotional and sexual connection with a partner. 

Compared to the original, Conway decided to sing the song from a boy’s perspective, giving the listeners yet another worthwhile experience listening to a seemingly old song that feels unexpectedly new. 

The song’s inspiration came from a desire to write a love ballad that embodies the spirit of a passionate romance. Twitty’s version did the song some justice, as his performance was rather moving, completely captivating listeners’ attention. 

Don’t believe us? Listen to Conway Twitty’s sultry version of the song “Slow Hand” in the video below. 


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