"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is a popular song written by Harry Noble in 1952. The song was originally released 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.
The original version was released by Karen Chandler in 1952, released by Coral Records as catalog number 60831. It first appeared in the Billboard charts on October 25, 1952 and last appeared on April 11, 1953, peaking at No. 5 on Billboard's chart of "Most Played by Jockeys", No. 7 on Billboard's chart of "Best Selling Singles", and No. 9 on Billboard's chart of "Most Played in Juke Boxes".
The version most often associated with the song was recorded by Mel Carter, released in 1965 on Imperial. Carter's version spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8, while reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, No. 2 on Canada's "RPM Play Sheet", and No. 4 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.
"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.
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A version was released by British singer Muriel Smith in 1953, which reached No. 3 on the United Kingdom's New Musical Express chart.
American songstress Connie Francis included a memorable version on her 1959 album The Exciting Connie Francis. Dick and Dee Dee released a version of the song on their 1966 album, Songs We've Sung on Shindig. Shirley Bassey also covered the song on her 1969 album Does Anybody Miss Me.
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.
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me was performed by She and Him and is featured on their fourth album Volume 3, in 2013.
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.