"Touch Me in the Morning" - by Diana Ross
The song was conceived by then-unproven songwriter and producer Michael Masser, who had been recruited by Motown boss Berry Gordy and A&R staffer Suzanne de Passe to give Ross another huge hit a few years after Ross had hit pay dirt with her seminal 1970 cover of Ashford and Simpson's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Masser teamed up with proven ballad lyricist Ron Miller to write the song.
According to Masser in a documentary about Ross, he said the singer always tried to push hard to "get the vocals right for this particular song" and said that it was a "draining experience" that resulted in several near-emotional breakdowns by Ross when she felt the song wasn't up to her abilities.
When she finally was satisfied with the version she recorded, Motown released the song as a single and Ross' prayers were answered when the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and is Ross's longest-charting record, remaining on the chart for 21 weeks.