Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

First recorded by Noble & King (1951).
Hit versions by Karen Chandler (US #5 1952), Muriel Smith (UK #3 1953), Mel Carter (US #8/MOR #1 1965), Johnny & Jonie Mosby (C&W #38 1969), Gloria Estefan (UK #11/IRE #22 1994).
Also recorded by The Orioles (1953), Connie Francis (1959).

Noble & King (1951) [No video available]

From the wiki: “‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me’ was written by Harry Noble in 1952. It became a hit in three different decades and is considered a classic of the early Rock/Pop era. The Karen Chandler recording became a US Top 10 hit in 1952; as was often the case with songs of that era, a version was also separately recorded for the UK market – by British singer Muriel Smith – and it became a Top 5 hit in Britain in 1953.

“The version most often associated with the song was recorded by Mel Carter, released in 1965. A 1994 remake by Gloria Estefan was released in Europe where it reached the UK Top 20. The song later referenced in U2’s 1995 song for the Batman Forever soundtrack, ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’.”

Karen Chandler, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1952):

Muriel Smith, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1953):

The Orioles, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1953):

Mel Carter, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1965):

Johnny & Jonie Mosby, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1969):

Gloria Estefan, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (1994):

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