Touch Me in the Morning

Album: Touch Me in the Morning (1973)
Charted: 9 1

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by ballad lyricist Ron Miller and songwriter/producer Michael Masser. It was Diana Ross' first hit produced by Masser; he continued to produce more songs for her over the years, including "Last Time I Saw Him," "Theme From Mahogany," "I Thought It Took a Little Time" and "It's My Turn."

    This song was somewhat of a comeback for Ross in the music industry as it was released when she was receiving excellent reviews for her film debut Lady Sings the Blues.
  • Ross felt that this song was too difficult for her and recorded several takes on it. In a documentary about her, Masser said that she tried very hard to "get the vocals right for this particular song" and that it was a "draining experience." Luckily, it became her longest-charting Pop record and also became her first #1 Adult Contemporary hit. >>
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  • Miller was impressed with Masser's pop composition, but was worried a pure pop record would alienate Ross' fans, especially since Gordy was demanding a hit in case her performance in Lady Sings The Blues went sour. For some added soul, Miller borrowed from one of Ross' earlier hits. "I didn't want Diana to lose her base so we ripped off a riff from Ashford and Simpson," Miller explained in J. Randy Taraborrelli's book Diana. "One part is straight out of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.' And then we had her talking in parts, all of which we did to keep the identity she established with 'Mountain' and to add some soul to the record."
  • Miller explained how the song came together: "I had already dreamed up this title, 'Touch Me in the Morning,' but I didn't have the vaguest idea what it meant ... So I analyzed Diane as a person. I said, 'Well, this girl is out on her own now. She's an adult and a movie star. She's also a contemporary woman and ... much more liberal about expressing her sexual values. Whereas once upon a time, only a man could say something like that, now a liberated woman like Diane could. However, though she's ostensibly a sophisticated woman, she's still crying inside to be touched in the morning.' It was just a very cold, calculated and wonderful job of crafting."
  • This was used in the 1996 movie Phenomenon, starring John Travolta. It was also used on The Sopranos in the 2007 episode "Remember When."

Comments: 3

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenTo add to what Barry said, this song was recorded in the early morning hours, as was Ross's custom as she raised her children. One of her daughters said Diana would put them to bed and record all night, in order to wake and “touch" them the next morning.
  • Tony from San DiegoAbsolutely love this song. Diana is so sexy and vulnerable on this one.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOne morning song bumps another out of the top spot; Diana Ross' "Touch Me in the Morning" replaced Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After" as the No. 1 record on 08-18-1973!!!
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