Would You Hold It Against Me

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Not to be confused with Hold It Against Me.
"Would You Hold It Against Me"
Single by Dottie West
from the album Suffer Time
Released 1966
Format 45 rpm
Genre Country, Nashville Sound
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bill West, Dottie West
Dottie West singles chronology
"Mommy, Can I Still Call Him Daddy"
(1965)
"Would You Hold It Against Me"
(1966)
"What's Come Over My Baby"
(1967)

"Would You Hold It Against Me" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dottie West. It was released in 1966 as the second single from the album Suffer Time. West wrote the song with her then-husband Bill.

By 1966, Dottie West's professional career in Country music was only getting started. However, two years before, West achieved her first Top 10 hit with "Here Comes My Baby". The song won West a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965, making West the first female Country singer to ever win a Grammy. However, after the success of "Here Comes My Baby", West couldn't really follow-up her success with another Top 10 hit for a while.

However, 1966 was a year of great change for West. Not only did she release her highest-selling solo album of all time ("Suffer Time"), but she also released the single "Would You Hold It Against Me". The song was written by West and her husband Bill. The song was released on her new album that year, and was soon released to the Country charts.

It was obvious the song definitely had hit-making potential, when it became Dottie West's biggest hit year, peaking at #5 on the Hot Country Songs[1] list in 1966. The song was West's biggest hit as a solo artist that decade. "Would You Hold It Against Me" was definitely a Nashville Sound recording, with violins and other string instruments that can be heard in the background of the song.

"Would You Hold It Against Me" also nominated West for a Grammy award, again for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. However, West never won the award again, although she continued to be nominated for it. "Would You Hold It Against Me" set the stage for a couple other hits in the 1960s for West.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 378.