The Early Days

Even before I’d released my first album in 1975, international performers were expressing interest in my songs. In 1972, when I was signed to RCA as a recording artist, I was introduced to label mate Jose Feliciano at a party in Toronto. I played Mr. Feliciano a song I’d just written, called “The Seed of Music,” which he fell in love with. He asked me to mail my demo of the song to his home address in America, along with any others I felt he might want to include on future recordings. ( click here to read more…)

Dan the mid 70’s recording artist

Once my debut album, Dan Hill, was released in 1975, I concentrated solely on my own singing and recording career. Any cover versions of my songs simply came from people hearing my records on the radio or playing them on their living-room stereos. Although some of my songs—such as “You Say You’re Free” and “Hold On” (from my first and second albums, respectively)—were cut by several artists, “Sometimes When We Touch” (which I co-wrote with legendary songwriter Barry Mann) turned into the “mother of all covers.” ( click here to read more…)

The Comeback

In the late 80s, I experienced a brief resurgence in my singing career. Within a span of three years, I scored four top-three US Adult Contemporary hits. “Can’t We Try?” was #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Song of the Year for 1987. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” hit #1 on Radio & Records Adult Contemporary chart in 1988, “Carmelia” peaked at #6. In 1989, “Unborn Heart” reached #2 on the AC charts. Also in 1989, a female singer named Celine Dion, then still largely unknown in English Canada, released her first successful radio single in Canada: “Can’t Live With You,” which I co-wrote. Celine and I also sang a duet, “Real Love,” on my ’89 album Wishful Thinking. ( click here to read more )