Hold Me (Laura Branigan song)

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"Hold Me"
Single by Laura Branigan
from the album Hold Me
B-side "Tenderness"
Released 1985
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop
Length 4:15
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Beth Andersen, Bill Bodine
Producer(s) Jack White, Harold Faltermeyer
Laura Branigan singles chronology
"Spanish Eddie"
(1985)
"Hold Me"
(1985)
"Maybe Tonight"
(1985)

"Hold Me" is a single by American pop singer Laura Branigan, released as the second single from her 1985 album Hold Me.[1] The song was written by the married couple American singer/songwriter Beth Andersen and American producer/musician Bill Bodine.[2]

Background[edit]

Following the success of the previous single "Spanish Eddie" peaked at #40 in America, "Hold Me" followed as the next single. It was not as successful, only managing to peak at #82 in America and #39 on the American Dance/Club Play Songs Chart.[3]

Release[edit]

The single was released on both 7" and 12" vinyl in America and on 7" vinyl in Japan only.[4][5][6] The single did not get a European release.[2]

The single's b-side was the track "Tenderness" which was featured on the same album, written by German producer/composer Jack White, Branigan and American songwriter/producer Mark Spiro.[7] This track had already been b-side to the previous single "Spanish Eddie".[8] On the Japanese 7" vinyl, the b-side was the track "When the Heat Hits the Streets" which was also featured on the same album, written by Cappy Capossela and Linda Schreyer.[7]

The American 7" vinyl single used an edit of the "Hold Me" track, cutting half a minute from the album version, whilst "Tenderness" was the b-side.[9] An American 7" promotional single was also released, featuring "Hold Me (Edited Version of Remix)" as the a-side (the same version as the main single track) and "Hold Me (New Extended Remix)" as the b-side, both remixed by American producer Beau Hill.[10] In Japan, the 7" vinyl featured "Hold Me" and "Tenderness" as the b-side,[4] whilst a Japanese 7" promotional single featured the same two tracks.[5]

The American 12" vinyl featured "Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix)" as the a-side, whilst "Tenderness (Vocal/Extended Remix Version)" and "Spanish Eddie (Vocal/Extended Remix Version)" were the two b-sides.[11] An American 12" promotional single used the a-side "Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix)" as the track on both sides of the vinyl.[12]

"Hold Me" was produced by German producer/composer Jack White and German musician/songwriter/producer Harold Faltermeyer, whilst "Tenderness" was produced by White and "When the Heat Hits the Streets" was produced by Mark Spiro.[7] White had previously worked with Branigan for her entire recording career up to that point.[13]

The single's cover features a center image of Branigan posing, whilst the sleeve uses a black background.[14] The single's artwork would be re-used for the following European only single "Maybe Tonight".[15]

The song has never appeared on any Laura Branigan compilation.

Promotion[edit]

No music video was created for the single, unlike the leading single "Spanish Eddie" from the Hold Me album.[16]

Branigan performed the song on American syndicated music television show Solid Gold,[17] Dick Clark's music/comedy/talk show Nitetime,[18] as well as another, although unknown, American TV show.[19] Branigan would perform the song on the tour for the Hold Me album,[20] and would continue to perform it on the tour for her 1987 follow-up album Touch.[21] A particular live version filmed in Chile, 1986, at the Viña del mar Song Festival was broadcast in Chile on national TV.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single (American release)
  1. "Hold Me" - 4:15
  2. "Tenderness" - 3:42
7" Single (American promo)
  1. "Hold Me (Edited Version of Remix)" - 4:15
  2. "Hold Me (New Extended Remix)" - 5:16
7" Single (Japanese release)
  1. "Hold Me" - 4:14
  2. "When the Heat Hits the Streets" - 3:42
7" Single (Japanese promo)
  1. "Hold Me" - 4:13
  2. "When the Heat Hits the Streets" - 3:40
12" Single (American release)
  1. "Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix)" - 5:16
  2. "Tenderness (Vocal/Extended Remix Version)" - 5:50
  3. "Spanish Eddie (Vocal/Extended Remix Version)" - 5:31
12" Single (American promo)
  1. "Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix)" - 5:16
  2. "Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix)" - 5:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 82
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[3] 39

Personnel[edit]

  • Producers on "Hold Me" - Jack White, Harold Faltermeyer
  • Producer on "Tenderness" - Jack White
  • Arranger on "Hold Me" - Harold Faltermeyer
  • Producers on "When the Heat Hits the Streets" - Mark Spiro
  • Associate Producer on "Tenderness" - Mark Spiro
  • Arranger on "Hold Me" - Harold Faltermeyer
  • Arranger on "Tenderness" - Ed Arkin, Mark Spiro
  • Arranger on "Spanish Eddie" - Harold Faltermeyer
  • Horns Arrangement on "Tenderness" – Jerry Hey
  • Remixer – Beau Hill
  • Writers of "Hold Me" – Beth Andersen, Bill Bodine
  • Writers of "Tenderness" - Jack White, Laura Branigan, Mark Spiro
  • Writers of "When the Heat Hits the Streets" - Cappy Capossela, Linda Schreyer
  • Writers of "Spanish Eddie" - Chuck Cochran, David Palmer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Laura Branigan - Hold Me at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Laura Branigan. "Laura Branigan - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Laura Branigan Hold Me Japan 7" RECORD (118750)". Eil.com. 1998-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Laura Branigan Hold Me Japan Promo 7" RECORD (155336)". Eil.com. 2000-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Laura Branigan Hold Me USA 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (115619)". Eil.com. 1998-06-27. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ a b c "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Laura Branigan - Spanish Eddie / Tenderness (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  13. ^ "Jack White Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1940-09-02. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Images for Laura Branigan - Hold Me". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  15. ^ "Laura Branigan - Maybe Tonight at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  16. ^ "Laura Branigan - Spanish Eddie [HQ". YouTube. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  17. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me (Solid Gold Video Clip) 1986". YouTube. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  18. ^ "Laura Branigan performing "Hold Me" (1986)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold me". YouTube. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  20. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me - Hold Me Tour". YouTube. 1983-02-20. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  21. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me - Touch Tour". YouTube. 2002-10-04. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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