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Date:    November 19, 2022

Host:     Gregory James

Feature: Please Hold: Songs with "Hold" in the Title

Birthday Calendar

November 13

Toy Caldwell  (Marshall Tucker Band guitarist)  b. 1947  d. 1993

Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis drummer)  71 years old

Justine Baby Washington 82 years old

November 14

Freddie Garrity (and the Dreamers)   b. 1936  d. 2006

Cornell Gunter  (Coasters tenor)  b. 1936  d. 1990

November 15

Petula Clark 90 years old

Clyde McPhatter (b. 1932  d. 1972)

Anni-Frid Lyngstad  (ABBA)  77 years old

Little Willie John  (b. 1937  d. 1968)

November 17

Gerry McGee (Ventures) b. 1937  d. 2019

Gordon Lightfoot 84 years old

Bob Gaudio  (Four Seasons)   80 years old

Gene Clark (Byrds)  b. 1944  d. 1991

Martin Barre  (Jethro Tull guitarist)  76 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: I played two Beatles songs in the first hour with the word “Hold” in their titles.  Which was recorded with two track technology and which was recorded with four track technology?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


* all chart information comes from the Billboard Top 100 (for chart dates before/during July 1958) or Billboard Hot 100 (for subsequent dates) unless otherwise noted

* glossary of terms is below the playlist


OPENING THEME: Good Old Rock n’ Roll—Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Hold On I’m Coming Sam and Dave 1966            #21 H100  #1 R&B

Sam and Dave trade verses on this Stax label classic.

Hold The Line Toto 1979  #5

This was the debut single from Toto’s debut album.

Stream Toto - "Hold The Line" Cover by EyEofthetiger79 | Listen online for  free on SoundCloud

Hold Your Head Up Argent 1972  #5

Apparently Rod Argent was experiencing food poisoning when recording the track at Abbey Road. He might have had trouble holding his own head up.

I Want to Hold Your Hand Beatles 1964   #1 (seven weeks)

This was the first Beatles record to use four track recording equipment. There were 17 takes of the song before they were satisfied.

Abbey Road: Studer J37 Four-Track | What a beaut! These Swis… | Flickr

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me     Miracles  1963  #8 H100  #1 R&B

The story goes that Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” influenced Smokey Robinson when he wrote “Really Got a Hold..”

Hold On      Kansas 1980  #40

This track was their fifth top 40 hit record.

VIDEO] Kansas Talk Carry On Wayward Son from Miracles Out of Nowhere -  Variety

Hold Me      Fleetwood Mac  1982  #4

Lead vocals by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.


*Hold Me Tight Johnny Nash  1968  #5

Requested by Scottie and dedicated to Brooktondale Peggy.

Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash - YouTube

Hold On Loosely .38 Special 1981  #27

The wild-eyed Southern boys have said they took inspiration from the Cars song “Just What I Needed.”

Hold On Loosely / Throw Out the Line by 38 Special (Single, Southern Rock):  Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

Baby Hold Me Close Jerry Lee Lewis  1965  #129

From the 1965 Smash label album “The Return of Rock.”

Jerry Lee Lewis – Baby, Hold Me Close / I Believe In You (Vinyl) - DiscogsBaby Hold Me Close by Jerry Lee Lewis on Amazon Music -

Hold Me Tight Beatles DNC  1963

Lennon, McCartney and several critics had a low opinion of the record. McCartney called the song “a failed attempt at a single which then became an acceptable album filler.”  This track was recorded with two track technology.

Here is the equipment that recorded The Beatles' 1st album: Please Please  Me at Abbey Road - : r/beatles

Hold On!   Herman’s Hermits    1966   DNC

This P.F. Sloan composition was the title track for a movie of the same name starring the Hermits and Shelly Fabares.

Herman's Hermits, Shelley Fabares - Herman's Hermits: Hold On! Movie  Soundtrack (Full 12-inch Single-Disc LP Album) - MusicHold On! (1966) - IMDb

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me    Mel Carter   1965  #8

This track on Imperial Records spent 15 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #8.

3AM Eternal: Mel Carter "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (1965) - The RecoupThe Story Behind the Song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" by Mel Carter -  Spinditty

Hold Me Oh My Darling   Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye   1967  DNC

Tammi Terrell’s vocals were recorded as a solo, and Marvin Gaye’s vocals were later dubbed in to create the duet.

MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL - your precious love / hold me oh my darling - MusicMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Hold Me Oh My Darling Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Hold On     Santana 1982  #15

Lead vocal by Alex Ligertwood. 

Hold On (Ian Thomas song) - WikipediaThe Glasgow-born singer who went from his local Boys Brigade pipe band to  singing with Latin rock gods Santana - Glasgow Live


This Old Cowboy Marshall Tucker Band 1975    #78

The band's unique instrumentation (flute, keyboards, saxophone, guitar, bass and drums) created a hybrid country/jazz sound that enabled them to cross over on multiple charts and formats.

Power of Love   Huey Lewis and the News 1985  #1

Back to the future, anyone? This is a combo video: the making of this scene and the actual footage from the movie. Are those the Blues Brothers at 3:54?

Too Late  Justine "Baby" Washington   1960  DNC

Jeanette (Baby) Washington – Too Late / Move On (1960, Vinyl) - DiscogsBaby Washington | Way Back Attack

A Love Like You Freddie and the Dreamers 1965 


A Windmill In Old Amsterdam / A Love Like You by Freddie and the Dreamers  (Single; Columbia (EMI); CH 3092): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list -  Rate Your Music

Three Cool Cats Coasters    1959   

This was the B side to “Charlie Brown.”

45cat - The Coasters - Charlie Brown / Three Cool Cats - Atlantic - France  - 162001

I Know a Place Petula Clark   1965  #3

She won a Grammy for this record.

The Glory of Love    Clyde McPhatter 1959  DNC

The Glory Of Love - song and lyrics by Clyde McPhatter | Spotify

Estoy Sonando (I Have a Dream)  ABBA   1979

The Spanish version of the song.

ABBA – Estoy SoƱando = I Have A Dream (1979, Vinyl) - Discogs

All Around the World Little Willie John      1955     #5 R&B

This was Little Willie John’s first hit record. He charted fourteen times on the Hot 100.

Little Willie John - The Complete R&B Hit Singles (Yellow "Fever" Vinyl) - Music45cat - Little Willie John - All Around The World / Don't Leave Me Dear -  King - USA - 45-4818

Hawaii Five-O Ventures    1969  #4

The Ventures - Hawaii Five-O | On this date in 1969, THE VENTURES released  the album HAWAII FIVE-O (April 22nd 1969). NOTE: The video here is a rare  clip of THE VENTURES

Early Morning Rain    Gordon Lightfoot   1965   DNC

The airport that got Gordon Lightfoot down was Los Angeles International. He used to watch planes take off and land at LAX when he got homesick for Canada.

Save It For Me Four Seasons 1964   #10

The Bobs (Crewe and Gaudio) wrote this song which appeared on the Four Seasons LP “Rag Doll.”

The Four Seasons – Save It For Me (1964, Vinyl) - Discogs

The World Turns All Around Her    Byrds 1965  NR

Gene Clark composed this song for the Byrds LP “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

The World Turns All Around Her - song and lyrics by The Byrds | Spotify

Aqualung Jethro Tull 1971 DNC

Martin Barre has said that his Aqualung guitar solo was improvised and recorded in a single take. Check out his solo at 4:14 in the video below.


*Hold On, Hold Out Jackson Browne  1980  #103

A request from Groton! Because of its 8 minute playing time, the song was pressed as a 12-inch vinyl 45 rpm single, similar to Browne’s “Load Out/Stay.”

Jackson Browne – Hold On Hold Out (1980, SP - Specialty Pressing, Vinyl) -  DiscogsJackson Browne – Hold On, Hold Out (1980, Vinyl) - Discogs

Hold On John Lennon 1970    DNC

The spoken word “cookie” was inspired by Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Yoko Ono's hypnotic hold over John Lennon won him back from the arms of  lover May Pang | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV |

Hold On    Sons of Champlin 1976  #47

From the hills of Marin Country, the Sons were an influential part of the San Francisco music scene from the mid sixties to the early eighties. One of Bill Champlin’s high school teachers encouraged him to drop out and pursue music professionally.

The Sons Of Champlin – Hold On (1976, Vinyl) - Discogs

Holding On (When Love is Gone)  LTD  1978  #49 H100  #1 R&B

LTD = Love, Togetherness and Devotion. In the video Jeffrey Osborne fronts a fantastic funk/soul band and almost gets upstaged by the dance moves of the horn players--while they're playing!

Hold On to My Love Leo Sayer    1976  DNC/NR

Leo Sayer teamed up with Cynthia Weill and Barry Mann for this song.

Leo Sayer LyricsLeo Sayer: 'Divorce ended my magical life in Cornwall' - Cornwall Live

James (Hold the Ladder Steady)   Sue Thompson  1962   #17

Never has elopement sounded so breezy and easy. Thompson was a big fan of marriage: in real life she married three times.

Sue Thompson – James (Hold The Ladder Steady) (1962, Vinyl) - Discogs

Hold Back the Water Bachman Turner Overdrive   1973   DNC

45cat - Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Blue Collar / Hold Back The Water -  Mercury - USA - 73417Bachman Turner Overdrive - Hold Back The Water HD Chords - Chordify

Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra 1981   #10

This was ELO’s last top 10 hit. And the song is sung in both English and French. Below is a music video, not a live performance by ELO--but it is fun.

Hold On    Rascals   1970  #51

This was the B-side to “I Believe.”

THE RASCALS-"A RAY OF HOPE" (W/LYRICS) - video Dailymotion

Gotta Get A Hold of Myself   Zombies  1966   DNC

The Zombies covered the Dee Dee Warwick original.

The Zombies – Gotta Get A Hold On Myself (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs

Hold an Old Friend’s Hand  Tracy Nelson   1974 NR

Tracy Nelson (singer) - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

Hold Me     Stevie Wonder    1966    DNC

From his LP “Uptight.”

I Was Made to Love Her / Hold Me by Stevie Wonder (Single; Artone; GO  25.603): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

Holdin’ On to Yesterday Ambrosia 1975   #17

This was the debut single from Ambrosia’s debut album.

Holdin' on to Yesterday - Wikipedia

Baby Hold On Eddie Money  1978   #11

From Eddie Money’s debut LP. The guitar riff was by co-composer Jimmy Lyon. The composers of “Que Sera Sera” won a settlement from Money for his use of the lyrics “Whatever will be, will be/The future is ours to see.” Check out Steve Perry's goofy intro of Eddie on TV.

Hold It Bill Doggett 1959  #92 

Bill Doggett Page

CLOSING THEME:   Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Trivia Answer

Two Tracks: Hold Me Tight

Four Tracks: I Want to Hold Your Hand

Congratulations to Mike from West Hill, Town of Ithaca for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of movie passes to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca’s movie house for first run, independent, international and local films.

Glossary of Terms:

DNC = did not chart

NR = not released as a single at the time

AC = Billboard’s chart for Adult Contemporary records

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

R&B = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

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