Don’t Call It Love

“Don’t Call It Love” – 1981 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Dean Pitchford Song History: First cut by Kim Carnes on her Bette Davis Eyes album (1981), the tune became a chart-topper for Dolly Parton in 1986 and was named the BMI Country Song of the Year… much to my surprise. Author’s Note: “Don’t Call It Love” was written melody first, lyric second. Using an old school Roland 808 Drum Box (actual drum machines with real samples hadn’t quite yet hit the... Read More

Thunder in My Heart

“Thunder In My Heart”– 1977 Music & Lyric: Tom Snow / Leo Sayer Song History: Recorded by Leo Sayer for the album Thunder in My Heart (1977). It became a number one hit single in the UK when a remix by Meck (titled “Thunder in My Heart Again“) was released as a single in 2006 (see 2006 in music). “Thunder in My Heart Again” stayed at number one for two weeks. It also peaked at #7 in the Dutch Top 40, remaining in that chart for 17 weeks. Author’s note:... Read More

You Should Hear How She Talks About You

“You Should Hear How She Talks About You”- 1982 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Dean Pitchford Song History: Recorded by  Melissa Manchester for her album Hey Ricky it was a top ten single. Arif Mardin who produced Manchester’s recording described the track as “a real departure for Melissa because it has a new wave dance quality and she had been known for her ballads”, Manchester having reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 with the ballads “Midnight... Read More

I Will Be There

“I Will Be There” -1986 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Jennifer Kimball, Tom Snow Song History: Recorded by Dan Seals. It was the second single released from his album “On The Front Line”. It went to #1 on the country chart giving him his fifth straight number-one single. Author’s Note: Another unexpected country hit. I wrote the music with no particular genre in mind. Just found a fun groove and let the melody and chords come. I remember the feeling of the music was... Read More

Make A Move On Me

“Make A Move On Me”- 1982 Music & Lyric: Tom Snow & John Farrar Song History: Recorded by Olivia Newton-John. The follow-up single to her huge U.S. #1 Hit Physical, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Author’s Note: When I was in music school I entertained the romantic notion of one day finding a mentor or musical advisor who would provide encouragement, constructive criticism, philosophical wisdom, and anything else I needed to expand my learning and broaden... Read More


“You”– 1978 Music & Lyric: Tom Snow Song History: Recorded by Rita Coolidge for the album Love Me Again (1978). It reached #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Also recorded by Marcia Hines who had a  #1 hit with it in Australia. Author’s Note: This was the song that started my career as a “behind the lines” songwriter. Originally written for the first of my two solo albums for Capitol Records, “Taking It All In Stride”, “You”... Read More

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