Album: Contact (1985)
Charted: 17 11
  • The first release from the Pointers Sisters' Contact album, this became a worldwide hit, narrowly missing the top ten of the US Hot 100 and also reaching the top twenty in the UK singles chart and the top ten in Australia. In addition it topped the Billboard dance chart, the group's only #1 hit on that tally.
  • The song was written by Nashville songwriters Dave Innis (pianist of the group Restless Heart) and Sam Lorber (who later penned Wynonna's 1992 Country #1 "No One Else on Earth"). Dave Innis told us that he was a writer at Warner Brothers when he penned the song. He explained: "I was a staff writer at Warner's before I was a band member of Restless Heart. And I had been doing quite a bit of session work in Nashville as a keyboard player, writing with different writers. One thing led to another, and I ended up getting signed over to Warner's as a staff writer. So typically we would look at who's cutting now and what kind of material are they looking for, and we would tailor a song for a particular artist and pitch it. And that song, 'Dare Me,' was picked up by the Pointer Sisters."
  • We asked Dave how the pair put themselves in the frame of mind to write for the Pointer Sisters. He replied: "Sam Lorber and I - we did try to put ourselves in the place of what a gal might be thinking. I mean, not specifically trying to be a Pointer Sister, but a song written from a female perspective, for sure."
    Dave added: "There are certain things that are more gender specific and gender appropriate. You know, certain things that a woman can say that a guy's not going to be able to get away with saying."

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1985 {December 14} the Pointer Sisters performed "Dare Me" on the syndicated television program, 'Solid Gold'...
    Three months earlier on September 15th, 1985 "Dare Me" peaked at #11 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and it spent eighteen weeks on the Top 100...
    And on September 15th, 1985 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart, it peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1973 and 1990 the Oakland, California sisters had thirty records on the Hot R&B Singles chart, six made the Top 10 with one* reaching #1, "How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)" for 2 weeks in 1975...
    The sisters won three Grammy Awards...
    Sadly, June Antoinette Pointer passed away at the young age of 52 on April 11th, 2006 {a stroke}...
    May she R.I.P.
    * They just missed having a second #1 record when their "Automatic" peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} in 1984, the three weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those three weeks was "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell...
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