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"
"Thinking About You"
"Hold Me"
"Thinking About You"

"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]


  • 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



  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.