I'll Keep Holding On

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For the Simply Red song that uses the repetitive line "I'll keep holding on" in the chorus, see Holding Back the Years.
"I'll Keep Holding On"
Single by The Marvelettes
B-side "No Time for Tears"
Released May 11, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 1965, Bell Sound Studios, New York & Hitsville USA
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
Writer(s) William "Mickey" Stevenson
Ivy Jo Hunter
Producer(s) William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter
The Marvelettes singles chronology
"Too Many Fish in the Sea"
(1964)
"I'll Keep Holding On"
(1965)
"Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead"
(1965)

"I'll Keep Holding On" is a song composed by Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter and recorded by Motown singing group The Marvelettes, who released the single on the Tamla imprint in 1965. Peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single returned the group to the top forty after a year recording songs that performed below the top forty. This was among the first A-side singles that longtime Marvelettes member Wanda Young sung lead on. Before 1965, the majority of the leads in Marvelettes songs had belonged to original member Gladys Horton. The single features a woman determined to win the love of an unknowingly conquest telling him that she'll convince him to love her "until my will to resist is gone". Her Marvelettes band mates Gladys Horton and Katherine Anderson egg her on with her ad-libbing "oh yeah/sho' nuff" in the bridge leading up to the chorus. The single was covered by British mod-pop act, The Action in 1966, released as "I'll Keep On Holding On". It then returned across the Atlantic in 1998 to be released on Mink Rat or Rabbit by the Detroit Cobras.

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