Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

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"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Karen Chandler
B-side "One Dream"
Released 1952
Label Coral
Writer(s) Harry Noble
Karen Chandler singles chronology
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1952)
"The Old Sewing Machine"
(1953)

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is a popular song written by Harry Noble in 1952. It was a hit in two different decades and is considered a classic of the early rock/pop era.[by whom?]

It has been re-recorded several times since then, in the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, (1994) by Gloria Estefan, in 1965 by Mel Carter, and it was referenced by the 1995 song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2.

Early versions[edit]

The original version was released by Karen Chandler in 1952, released by Coral Records as catalog number 60831.[1] It first reached the Billboard charts on October 17, 1952, and lasted 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number seven.[2] It was her only charted hit.

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Mel Carter
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
B-side "A Sweet Little Girl"
Released 1965
Genre Easy Listening
Label Imperial
Mel Carter singles chronology
"High Noon"
(1965)
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1965)
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings"
(1965)

As was often the case with songs of that era, a version was recorded by British singer Muriel Smith and became a hit in Britain in 1953, reaching the top three. American songstress Connie Francis included a memorable version on her 1959 album The Exciting Connie Francis. Shirley Bassey also covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me.

The version most often associated with the song was recorded by Mel Carter, released in 1965 on Imperial,[3] which reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Easy Listening chart in 1965.[4]

The song gave title for albums by Mel Carter (1965), Johnny Mathis (1977), and Gloria Estefan (1994), and was later referenced by U2's 1995 song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me".

Gloria Estefan version[edit]

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Released November 1994 (Europe)
Format CD Single
CD Maxi single
Cassette single
12" Vinyl Maxi Single
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Pop
Length 3:21
Label Epic
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Turn the Beat Around"
(1994)
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1994)
"Everlasting Love"
(1995)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me track listing
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1)
"How Can I Be Sure"
(2)

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" was released as single (only in Europe and Australia) from Gloria Estefan's fourth solo-credited studio album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Europe CD Maxi Single (661080 2)

  1. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (Album Version)
  2. "If We Were Lovers" (Original Version)
  3. "Miami Hit Mix" (Single Version)

UK 12" Vinyl Maxi Single (661080 6)

  1. "Miami Hit Mix" (Single Version)
  2. "Turn The Beat Around" (Damien’s Fountainbleau Mix)
  3. "Mi Tierra" (Pablo Flores 12” Latin Club Mix)
  4. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (Album Version)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia Singles Chart 48
Ireland Singles Chart 22
UK Top 75 Singles Chart 11

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Silver 200,000

She & Him version[edit]

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me is preformed by She and Him and is featured on their critically acclaimed fourth album Volume 3 (2013).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://globaldogproductions.info/c/coral-60000-series-us.html Coral Records discography
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  3. ^ http://www.globaldogproductions.info/i/imperial-66000-series.html Imperial discography
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49. 

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