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"
Songwriter(s)Harry Noble
Karen Chandler singles chronology
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
"The Old Sewing Machine"

"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, 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.[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
Songwriter(s)Harry Noble
Mel Carter singles chronology
"High Noon"
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings"

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"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
ReleasedNovember 21, 1994
FormatCD Single
CD Maxi single
Cassette Single
12" Vinyl Single
Songwriter(s)Harry Noble, Jr.
Producer(s)Emilio Estefan, Jr.
Jorge Casas
Clay Ostwald
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Turn the Beat Around"
"'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me'"
"Everlasting Love"

"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 (1994).

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album version — (3:21)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Europe November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
U.K. November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
Australia January 1995 (1995-01)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[16] 48
German Singles Chart 97
Irish Singles Chart 22
Spanish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 11


Country Certification Sales
U.K. Silver 200,000

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.[17]

American songstress Connie Francis included a memorable version on her 1959 album The Exciting Connie Francis.[18]

Greek singer Nana Mouskouri released a version of the song produced by Quincy Jones in 1962.[19]

Dick and Dee Dee released a version of the song on their 1966 album, Songs We've Sung on Shindig.[20]

Shirley Bassey also covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me.[21]

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.[22]

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".


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]


  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. ^ "australian-charts.com > Gloria Estefan discography". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  17. ^ Muriel Smith - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed August 27, 2015
  18. ^ "The Exciting Connie Francis - Connie Francis". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "Nana Mouskouri - The Girl From Greece Sings". nanamouskouri.de. Archived from the original on October 7, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Dick And DeeDee* - Songs We've Sung On Shindig (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  21. ^ "Does Anybody Miss Me - Shirley Bassey". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, August 27, 1977. p. 57. Accessed October 21, 2015

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