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Dan Hill, the Canadian singer/songwriter is 70 this week.

Born in Toronto and after receiving his first guitar at the age of 10, he began singing in local coffee shops. His school friend, Matt McCauley, later became a well-known film score composer and has Between Friends (1973), City on Fire (1979), In the Custody of Strangers (1982) and Thunder Run (1986) to his credit and offered to produce Dan’s first hit sometimes When We Touch with music composed by Barry Mann.

It went to number three in American and number 12 in the UK. It was his only hit as a performer but did go on to write and produce hits for other artists including penning the lyrics to George Benson’s 1983 hit In your Eyes and produced Celine Dion’s 1996 album Falling Into You for which he received a Grammy.

I’ve seen it written that he was married to the country singer Faith Hill, this is NOT true, Faith’s first husband was an unrelated Daniel Hill (from where she took her name) and lazy scribes failed to do the research.

Sometimes When We Touch is the only song I personally have sung in karaoke and, thankfully, no recording exists! but here’s the proper version by a quite unlikely looking pop star of the day.