Hold Me (Teddy Pendergrass & Whitney Houston song)

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"Hold Me"
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Single by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston
from the album Love Language and Whitney Houston
B-side "Love"
Released May 24, 1984
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 6:00
4:53 (7")
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) Michael Masser, Linda Creed
Producer(s) Michael Masser
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"Hold Me"
(1984)
"Thinking About You"
(1985)
"Hold Me"
(1984)
"Thinking About You"
(1985)

"Hold Me" is a ballad duet performed by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. It was released as a single from Pendergrass' 1984 album Love Language as well as Houston's 1985 self-titled debut album, serving the debut single of her career. It became a top-five R&B hit in the United States, but only peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The original arrangement of the song, titled as "In Your Arms", written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser, features on the Diana Ross 1982 album Silk Electric.[2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: Teddy Pendergrass & Whitney Houston
  • Drums: Carlos Vega
  • Bass: Nathan East
  • Keyboards: Randy Kerber, Michael Masser, Ray Parker, Jr.
  • Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr.

Critical reception[edit]

Ron Wynn of Allmusic highlighted this track on Love Language and he called it a good duet.[3]

Track listing[edit]

US and UK 7" vinyl single

US and UK 12" vinyl single

  • A "Hold Me" (Masser, Creed) (Pendergrass with Houston) – 6:00
  • B "Love" (Masser, Goodrum) (Pendergrass) – 4:28

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research. 
  2. ^ Diana Ross version
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/love-language-mw0000650618
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Teddy Pendergrass & Whitney Houston - Hold Me". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. HIT Entertainment. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Adult Songs: 1961-2006. Record Research. 
  8. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: February 12, 2012 to February 18, 2012)". Gaon Chart. January 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. 1984-12-31. Retrieved 2012-01-11.