Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)

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"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)"
Single by The Doobie Brothers
from the album Stampede
B-side "Slat Key Soquel Rag"
Released April 23, 1975
Format 7" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop, Rock, Funk
Length 3:42
Label Warner Brothers
Writer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers singles chronology
"Black Water"
"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)'"
"Sweet Maxine"

"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" is a song written by the premier Motown songwriting/production team of the 1960s Holland–Dozier–Holland: the song was most popular in 1975 when it was recorded by the Doobie Brothers.

Motown versions[edit]

Eddie Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland made the original recording of "Take Me in Your Arms" in 1964: the version was not released commercially until 2005. Holland-Dozier-Holland had Kim Weston record the song in 1965, her version was released that September. It peaked at #4 on the R&B chart in Billboard and #50 on the Hot 100.[1] In 1967, Holland-Dozier-Holland had the Isley Brothers remake the song: their version released in March 1968 reached #22 on the R&B chart.

Jermaine Jackson covered "Take Me in Your Arms" for his solo 1972 debut album Jermaine. The track, produced by Hal Davis, served as the B-side for Jackson's record "Daddy's Home".


The Doobie Brothers remade "Take Me in Your Arms" for their 1975 Stampede album: Tom Johnston who was then the Doobies frontman would later recall: "I had been a fan of that song since it came out somewhere in the '60s. I just loved that song. So somewhere around '72 I started lobbying to get the band to do a cover of that. And I didn't get anywhere until '75. Then finally in 1975 we actually did it."[2]

Doobies member Jeff Baxter said of the Doobies' recording of "Take Me in Your Arms": "That song was like a dream come true for us. Every musician I've ever known has at some point wanted to achieve Motown's technically slick soul sound - it's so dynamic. We sat down to try to duplicate it, and to see if our version could emerge as a successful single." According to Doobies member Patrick Simmons: "At first the band sounded like the Grateful Dead doing the Four Tops, but gradually it came together quite accurately."[3] Motown veteran Paul Riser was enlisted to arrange the track.[4]

Released as the lead single of Stampede on April 23, 1975, "Take Me in Your Arms" reached a Hot 100 peak of #11 that June. "Take Me in Your Arms" gave the Doobie Brothers their only chart hit in France at #37. The track also charted in the UK at #29, matching the chart peak of the Doobie Brothers only other original release Top 30 hit "Listen to the Music", 1 and in Australia at #34.

"Take Me in Your Arms" was also remade in 1975 by Canadian singer Charity Brown whose version, produced by Harry Hinde, was arranged by Motown veteran Tom Baird. The Charity Brown version of "Take Me in Your Arms" reached #5 in Canada in May 1975: as this version descended the Canadian charts the Doobie Brothers' version moved up to a #30 peak the success of Brown's version evidently undercutting that of the Doobies' version (although the two versions were quite dis-similar). Brown's "Take Me in Your Arms" single was given a May 1975 release in the UK where it failed to chart. The track was featured on Brown's eponymous 1975 album.

1975 also saw the release of a remake of "Take Me in Your Arms" by Motown veteran R. Dean Taylor whose version appeared on his self-produced January 1975 Polydor album release LA Sunset.

  • 1The Doobie Brothers would reach #7 UK in 1993 with a remixed version of their 1973 single "Long Train Runnin'".

Other versions[edit]

The song has also been recorded by Blood, Sweat & Tears (Blood, Sweat & Tears 4/ 1971), Charity Brown (Charity Brown/ 1975), Claudja Barry (The Girl Most Likely/ 1977), Suzi Quatro (Oh, Suzi Q./ 1990), Marcia Hines (Hinesight/ 2004) and Phil Collins (Going Back/ 2010).


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 618. 
  2. ^ "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  3. ^ The Robesonian December 11, 1975 p.6
  4. ^ Toledo Blade May 25, 1975 p.24

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