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Torn Between Two Lovers
"Torn Between Two Lovers"
Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor.jpg
Single by Mary MacGregor
from the album Torn Between Two Lovers
"I Just Want to Love You"
Released November 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop
Length 3:40
Label Ariola America
Peter Yarrow
Phillip Jarrell
Peter Yarrow
Barry Beckett
Mary MacGregor singles chronology
"Torn Between Two Lovers"
(1976)
"The Girl (Has Turned Into a Woman)"
(1977)
"Torn Between Two Lovers"
(1976)
"The Girl (Has Turned Into a Woman)"
(1977)

"Torn Between Two Lovers" is a pop song written by Peter Yarrow (of the folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary) and Phillip Jarrell. The song describes a love triangle and laments that "loving both of you is breaking all the rules". Yarrow originally intended the song to be sung by a man,[] but it was ultimately made famous by a woman, Mary MacGregor, who recorded it at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1976. The song became the title track of MacGregor's first album.

Chart performance

"Torn Between Two Lovers" reached #1 on both the U.S. pop chart in February 1977 as well as the easy listening chart in the final week of 1976 and first week of 1977.[1] It also reached number one on the corresponding Canadian charts. The song also peaked at #3 on the country charts of both nations.[2] In early 1977, the song peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom.[3]

Covers

"Torn Between Two Lovers" has also been recorded by Johnny Rodriguez for his 1977 album Practice Makes Perfect, Anna-Lena Löfgren for her 1979 album Lev Som Du Lär and Anita Meyer for her 1984 album Face to Face. Connie Francis recorded "Torn Between Two Lovers" for her 1989 album release Where the Hits Are which was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and contained a number of songs whose original versions were Muscle Shoals recordings. Faye Wong recorded a Cantonese version of "Torn Between Two Lovers" () in her debut album "Shirley Wong" in 1989. Joey Sontz recorded "Torn Between Two Lovers" for his debut album "Chasing The Dream" in 2012.

"Torn Between Two Lovers" has been rendered in a number of languages including German: "Zwischen Zwei Gefühlen" by Penny McLean, Portuguese: "Só, Entre Dois Amores" by Celly Campello (pt), Dutch: "Hulpeloos verloren" by Conny Vandenbos and Swedish: "Ge Mig Dina Tankar" by Wizex, Spanish: "Entre dos amores" by Christie Lee.

The song was mentioned in the lyrics of Dolly Parton's 1984 country single "God Won't Get You".

TV movie

"Torn Between Two Lovers" inspired the title of a television movie aired in 1979, starring Lee Remick, George Peppard and Joseph Bologna, in which the song is played.

See also

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 152. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 211. 
  3. ^ "MARY MACGREGOR | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be - Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Musicline.de - Mary MacGregor Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search Results - Torn Between Two Lovers". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz - Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mary MacGregor: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mary MacGregor Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mary MacGregor Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Mary MacGregor Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-07. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.5502a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.5502a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.5502a
  17. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1977-12-31. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Top 100 1977 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Billboard. Books.google.com. 1977-12-24. p. Front cover. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved . 

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