Saturday, February 16, 2013

Holland-Dozier-Holland: Take Me In Your Arms

It wasn’t the first recording of the song and it wasn’t the biggest chart success of “Take me in your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”; however, Kim Weston’s 1965 version was the first to be released. Previously recorded by Eddie Holland in 1964, his version of this Holland-Dozier-Holland composition was not released until 2005.

The biggest chart success for the song came from The Doobie Brothers in 1975 when Tom Johnston’s interpretation of the tune peaked at #11 on the Hot 100. Another notable version was recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1968 and it charted at #22 on the R&B chart.

Kim Weston’s version will always be regarded as the original release and it remains her highest charting solo number; however, her duet of "It Takes Two" with Marvin Gaye eclipsed her own chart performances. “Take Me in your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” only charted at #50 on the Hot 100 but was a Top 5 R&B Hit in 1965.

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