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Date: November 19, 2022
Host: Gregory James
Feature: Please Hold: Songs with "Hold" in the Title
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band guitarist) b. 1947 d. 1993
Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis drummer) 71 years old
Justine Baby Washington 82 years old
Freddie Garrity (and the Dreamers) b. 1936 d. 2006
Cornell Gunter (Coasters tenor) b. 1936 d. 1990
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 On Loosely .38 Special 1981 #27
The wild-eyed Southern boys have said they took inspiration from the Cars song “Just What I Needed.”
Baby Hold Me Close Jerry Lee Lewis 1965 #129
From the 1965 Smash label album “The Return of Rock.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hold On Santana 1982 #15
Lead vocal by Alex Ligertwood.
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
A Love Like You Freddie and the Dreamers 1965
Three Cool Cats Coasters 1959
This was the B side to “Charlie Brown.”
I Know a Place Petula Clark 1965 #3
She won a Grammy for this record.
The Glory of Love Clyde McPhatter 1959 DNC
Estoy Sonando (I Have a Dream) ABBA 1979
The Spanish version of the song.
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.
Hawaii Five-O Ventures 1969 #4
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 World Turns All Around Her Byrds 1965 NR
Gene Clark composed this song for the Byrds LP “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
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.”
Hold On John Lennon 1970 DNC
The spoken word “cookie” was inspired by Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.
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.
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.
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.
Hold Back the Water Bachman Turner Overdrive 1973 DNC
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.”
Gotta Get A Hold of Myself Zombies 1966 DNC
The Zombies covered the Dee Dee Warwick original.
Hold an Old Friend’s Hand Tracy Nelson 1974 NR
Hold Me Stevie Wonder 1966 DNC
From his LP “Uptight.”
Holdin’ On to Yesterday Ambrosia 1975 #17
This was the debut single from Ambrosia’s debut album.
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
CLOSING THEME: Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)
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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