Hold On (Ian Thomas song)

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"Hold On"
side-A label by Columbia Records
Side A of the US single
Single by Santana
from the album Shangó
B-side"Oxun (Oshun)"
ReleasedAugust 1982
GenreYacht rock[1]
Length4:33 (album version)
3:49 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Ian Thomas
Producer(s)John Ryan for Chicago Kid Productions
Santana singles chronology
"The Sensitive Kind"
"Hold On"
"Nowhere to Run"
Music video
"Hold On" on YouTube

"Hold On" is a song written and first recorded by the Canadian singer and songwriter Ian Thomas, on his 1981 album The Runner. His version reached No. 28 on the Canadian pop singles chart.[2]

Santana cover[edit]

In 1982 the Latin rock band Santana, featuring lead vocalist Alex Ligertwood, covered the song for their album Shangó. It is the second track on the album and was released as the album's first single. The song reached No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making it Santana's tenth most successful US hit. It also peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard rock chart. On the Cashbox chart, it reached No. 9.

In Canada, "Hold On" peaked at No. 4 for two weeks.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by John Mark Robinson,[4] features Carlos Santana at a masquerade ball with his then-wife Deborah King as the intended object of his affection, his bandmate Orestes Vilató as his accompanying friend, and actor Henry Darrow as the prize wheel spinner.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Ian Thomas
Chart (1981) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 28


  1. ^ 'NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock 2' compilation cruising your way in May - Music News - ABC News Radio
  2. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - July 4, 1981" (PDF).
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - October 16, 1982" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Santana videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - July 4, 1981" (PDF).
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - October 16, 1982" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1982-10-16. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  8. ^ "Music lyrics, charts, Games, & more". Top40db.net. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/30/82".
  10. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1982".
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-31.

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