Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

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For the 1992 film, see Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (film).
For the Gloria Estefan album, see Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (album).
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Karen Chandler
B-side "One Dream"
Released 1952
Length 2:55
Label Coral
Writer(s) Harry Noble
Karen Chandler singles chronology
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1952)
"The Old Sewing Machine"
(1953)

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is a popular song written by Harry Noble in 1952. The song was originally released by Karen Chandler in 1952. It has been re-recorded several times since then, with the most notable covers being by Mel Carter in 1965 and by Gloria Estefan in 1994.

Karen Chandler version[edit]

The original version was released by Karen Chandler in 1952, released by Coral Records as catalog number 60831.[1] It first reached the Billboard charts on October 17, 1952, and lasted 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 5 on Billboard's chart of "Most Played by Jockeys",[2] No. 7 on Billboard's chart of "Best Selling Singles",[3] and No. 9 on Billboard's chart of "Most Played in Juke Boxes".[4][5]

Mel Carter version[edit]

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Mel Carter
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
B-side "A Sweet Little Girl"
Released 1965
Genre Pop music
Soul
Length 2:27
Label Imperial
Mel Carter singles chronology
"High Noon"
(1965)
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1965)
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings"
(1965)

The version most often associated with the song was recorded by Mel Carter, released in 1965 on Imperial.[6] Carter's version spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8,[7] while reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[8][9] No. 2 on Canada's "RPM Play Sheet",[10] and No. 4 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[11]

Gloria Estefan version[edit]

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Released November 1994 (Europe)
Format CD Single
CD Maxi single
Cassette single
12" Vinyl Maxi Single
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Pop
Length 3:21
Label Epic
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Turn the Beat Around"
(1994)
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1994)
"Everlasting Love"
(1995)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me track listing
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1)
"How Can I Be Sure"
(2)

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" was released as single (only in Europe and Australia) from Gloria Estefan's fourth solo-credited studio album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Europe CD Maxi Single (661080 2)

  1. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (Album Version)
  2. "If We Were Lovers" (Original Version)
  3. "Miami Hit Mix" (Single Version)

UK 12" Vinyl Maxi Single (661080 6)

  1. "Miami Hit Mix" (Single Version)
  2. "Turn The Beat Around" (Damien’s Fountainbleau Mix)
  3. "Mi Tierra" (Pablo Flores 12" Latin Club Mix)
  4. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (Album Version)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)[12] 48
Ireland Singles Chart 22
UK Top 75 Singles Chart 11

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Silver 200,000

Other versions[edit]

A version was released by British singer Muriel Smith in 1953, which reached No. 3 on the United Kingdom's New Musical Express chart.[13]

American songstress Connie Francis included a memorable version on her 1959 album The Exciting Connie Francis. Dick and Dee Dee released a version of the song on their 1966 album, Songs We've Sung on Shindig.[14] Shirley Bassey also covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me.

Bobby Vinton released a version of the song in 1977, which reached No. 43 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[15]

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me was performed by She and Him and is featured on their fourth album Volume 3, in 2013.

Influence[edit]

The song gave title for albums by Mel Carter (1965), Johnny Mathis (1977), and Gloria Estefan (1994), and was later referenced by U2's 1995 song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coral Records discography
  2. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, March 7, 1953. p. 32. Accessed October 21, 2015
  3. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, February 7, 1953. p. 32. Accessed October 21, 2015
  4. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, February 21, 1953. p. 44. Accessed October 21, 2015
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  6. ^ Imperial discography
  7. ^ Mel Carter - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed October 21, 2015
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, August 28, 1965. p. 20. Accessed October 21, 2015
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49. 
  10. ^ "R.P.M. Play Sheet", RPM Weekly, Volume 3, Ed. 24, August 9, 1965. Accessed October 21, 2015
  11. ^ CHUM Hit Parade – Week of August 23, 1965 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 7, 2006). Chart No. 441. CHUM. Accessed December 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "australian-charts.com > Gloria Estefan discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  13. ^ Muriel Smith - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed August 27, 2015
  14. ^ Dick and Dee Dee, Songs We've Sung on Shindig Retrieved May 2, 2015
  15. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, August 27, 1977. p. 57. Accessed October 21, 2015

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