Mel Carter

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Mel Carter
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Mel Carter in 1966
Background information
Born (1939-04-22) April 22, 1939 (age 75)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genres Soul, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals

Mel Carter (born April 22, 1939, Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American singer and actor. He is best known for his 1965 million-selling recording, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me".


Carter recorded for Sam Cooke's SAR record label in the early 1960s. He had his first hit in 1962 at the age of nineteen with "When a Boy Falls in Love", which was co-written by Cooke.

By the time he reached his commercial peak with Imperial Records in the middle of the decade, he was specializing in pop ballads. His biggest success was the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," which reached Number 8, in 1965. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1] He had a couple of other Top 40 entries over the next year, "Band of Gold" and "All of a Sudden My Heart Sings", as well as a few other easy listening sellers.

Carter appeared on the DVD of the PBS special, Doo Wop 51, recorded in 2001 performing his hit.

Carter later acted on television programmes such as Quincy, M.E., Sanford and Son, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Magnum, P.I..


Year Title Chart positions
1963 "When a Boy Falls In Love"A 44
1965 "The Richest Man Alive" 104
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" 8 1 2 21
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings" 38 3 6 48
1966 "Love Is All We Need" 66 4 65 2
"Band of Gold" 32 1 38
"You, You, You" 49 11 38
"Take Good Care of Her" 78
1967 "As Time Goes By" 111
"Be My Love" 132 23
1968 "I Pretend" 38
1974 "I Only Have Eyes for You" 104 39
1976 "My Coloring Book" 47
1981 "You Changed My Life" 12
  • A"When a Boy Falls In Love" also peaked at #30 on R&B charts.


  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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