Balladeer Dan Hill to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Dan Hill

Dan Hill, the Toronto-born singer-songwriter, whose 1977 solo hit “Sometimes When We Touch” melted hearts as it climbed the worldwide charts, has been selected as the latest inductee into the illustrious home of influential lyricists.

Hill, 66, is a five-time Juno winner who rose to prominence on a spate of earnest soft-rock hits he penned over his decades-long career, some of them which he also sang.

Another of his best-known songs is his passionate plea “Can’t We Try,” a 1987 duet with Vonda Shepard that reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

More recently, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with the 2020 single “What About Black Lives?” part of the studio album “On the Other Side of Here,” slated for release on Feb. 12.

But for as much success as Hill had behind the microphone, his career has been even more fruitful away from the spotlight where he helped music superstars pen songs that tug at the heartstrings.

“‘Sometimes When We Touch’ was such an unbelievably huge record that totally opened up the world for me,” he says.

“It’s kind of similar (to) being a professional hockey player and then eventually becoming a hockey coach.”

Hill has written about love, pain, and sometimes racism, as he did with the song “McCarthy’s Day,” a reflection on the challenges his American parents faced in their inter-racial marriage. That song wouldn’t have been recorded if others had their say.