Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

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"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Karen Chandler.jpeg
Single by Karen Chandler
B-side"One Dream"
Released1952
Length2:55
LabelCoral
Songwriter(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 song written by Harry Noble and originally performed by Karen Chandler in 1952. It has been re-recorded several times since then, the most notable covers being by Mel Carter in 1965 and Gloria Estefan in 1994.

Karen Chandler version[edit]

The original version was released by Karen Chandler in 1952, released by Coral Records.[1] It first appeared on the US Billboard charts on October 25, 1952[2] and last appeared on April 11, 1953,[3] peaking at number five on Billboard's chart of "Most Played by Jockeys",[4] number seven on Billboard's chart of "Best Selling Singles",[5] and number nine on Billboard's chart of "Most Played in Juke Boxes".[6][7]

Mel Carter version[edit]

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Mel Carter.jpg
Single by Mel Carter
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
B-side"A Sweet Little Girl"
ReleasedJune 1965
GenrePop
Soul
Length2:27
LabelImperial
Songwriter(s)Harry Noble
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.[8] Carter's version spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight,[9] while reaching number one on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[10][11] number two on Canada's "RPM Play Sheet",[12] and number four on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[13]

Chart performance[edit]

Gloria Estefan version[edit]

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Gloria Estefan-Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
ReleasedNovember 21, 1994
Format
Recorded1993–1994
GenrePop
Length3:21
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Harry Noble, Jr.
Producer(s)
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Turn the Beat Around"
(1994)
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
(1994)
"Everlasting Love"
(1995)
Music video
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" on YouTube

In 1994, American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan released a cover of "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me." It was released as the second single (only in Europe and Australia) from her fourth solo album, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me. The single also included a new song, "If We Were Lovers" which is the English version of her 1993 hit "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan". "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" peaked at number-one in Spain. Additionally the single also peaked at number 11 in the United Kingdom and number 13 in Scotland.

Critical reception[edit]

Maryann Scheufele from AXS wrote, "You can not help but move with this slow moving song. She uses every bit of her breath as she sings and she never hesitates to carry a note to completion. Music just dances around Gloria Estefan when she stays in one place to sing."[16] Billboard noted the "thrilling sounds" of the song, adding it as a "elegant" track.[17]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album version — (3:21)

Chart performance[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Europe CD Single (EPC 661080 1)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17
Europe CD-Maxi Single (661080 2)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."If We Were Lovers" (Con Los Años Que Me Quedan – English Version)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:35
3."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17
U.K. CD-Maxi Single #1 (661080 2)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."If We Were Lovers" (Con Los Años Que Me Quedan – English Version)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:35
3."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17
U.K. CD-Maxi Single #2 (661080 5)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)"Mel Torme, Robert Wells4:13
3."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne3:55
U.K. Cassette Single (661080 4)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."Christmas Through Your Eyes"Gloria Estefan, Diane Warren4:49
U.K. 12" Vinyl Single (661080 6)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17
2."Turn the Beat Around" (Damien's Foutainbleau Mix)Peter Jackson, Gerald Jackson7:18
3."Mi Tierra" (Pablo Flores' 12" Latin Club Mix)Estéfano6:45
4."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
U.K. Promo CD Single (XPCD 564)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
Mexico Promo CD Single (PRCD 96308)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
Australia CD-Maxi Single (661080 2)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."If We Were Lovers" (Con Los Años Que Me Quedan – English Version)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:35
3."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17
Australia Cassette Single (661080 4)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"Harry Noble, Jr.3:21
2."If We Were Lovers" (Con Los Años Que Me Quedan – English Version)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:35
3."Miami Hit Mix" (Dr. Beat, Conga, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Get On Your Feet)Enrique Garcia, Gloria Estefan, John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald5:17

Other versions[edit]

A version was released by American singer Muriel Smith in 1953, which reached No. 3 on the United Kingdom's New Musical Express chart.[20]

American songstress Connie Francis included a memorable version on her 1959 album The Exciting Connie Francis.[21]

Greek singer Nana Mouskouri released a version of the song produced by Quincy Jones in 1962.[22]

Dick and Dee Dee released a version of the song on their 1966 album, Songs We've Sung on Shindig.[23]

Shirley Bassey also covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me.[24]

In 1977, Bobby Vinton released a version of the song on the album The Name Is Love and as a single. Vinton's version reached No. 43 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[25]

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

Nelson Riddle instrumental orchestral version from the 1961 album "Love Tide".

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".

Mel Carter's version was featured in the film named after the song, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.

In the 1995 film, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, a fragment of Johnny Mathis' recording backs an internal summit point.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45 discography for Coral Records 60000 series". Globaldogproductions.info. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ "The Billboard Music Popularity Charts", Billboard, October 25, 1952. p. 60. Accessed September 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, April 11, 1953. p. 30. Accessed September 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, March 7, 1953. p. 32. Accessed October 21, 2015
  5. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, February 7, 1953. p. 32. Accessed October 21, 2015
  6. ^ "Top Popular Records", Billboard, February 21, 1953. p. 44. Accessed October 21, 2015
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
  8. ^ "45 Discography for Imperial Records - 66000 series". Globaldogproductions.info. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  9. ^ a b Mel Carter - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed October 21, 2015
  10. ^ a b "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, August 28, 1965. p. 20. Accessed October 21, 2015
  11. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49.
  12. ^ a b "R.P.M. Play Sheet", RPM Weekly, Volume 3, Ed. 24, August 9, 1965. Accessed October 21, 2015
  13. ^ a b "CHUM Hit Parade – Week of August 23, 1965". Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-17.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) Chart No. 441. CHUM.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  15. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1965". Tropicalglen.com. 1965-12-25. Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  16. ^ Scheufele, Maryann (2014-11-29). "10 of Gloria Estefan's best songs". AXS. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  17. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1994-11-05. p. 94. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  18. ^ "australian-charts.com > Gloria Estefan discography". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 18 December 1994 - 24 December 1994". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  20. ^ Muriel Smith - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed August 27, 2015
  21. ^ "The Exciting Connie Francis - Connie Francis". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "Nana Mouskouri - The Girl From Greece Sings". nanamouskouri.de. Archived from the original on October 7, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  23. ^ "Dick And DeeDee* - Songs We've Sung On Shindig (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  24. ^ "Does Anybody Miss Me - Shirley Bassey". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, August 27, 1977. p. 57. Accessed October 21, 2015

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