” Hold Me Close ” is by David Essex ( David Albert Cook ), the English musician, singer-songwriter and actor. The song was written by David Essex with the production of the single by Jeff Wayne.
Producer Jeff Wayne is best known for his 1978 musical adaptation of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. David also features on the Album as the Artilleryman.
” Hold Me Close ” was released in September 1975 on the CBS Records record label and taken from David’s third Album, All the fun of the fair, which reached number three on the UK Albums Chart.
After David’s single ” Gonna Make You A Star ” went to the top of the charts in the United Kingdom in 1974, David turned to acting. He landed a role in Stardust in which he starred alongside Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds, Paul Nicholas and Larry Hagman ( of Dallas fame ).
After success in the film, David began to work on his third Album, All the fun of the fair. The first single released from the Album called ” Rolling Stone ” made it into the Top Five in both the UK and the US.
In their book ” 1,000 UK Number One Hits, ” Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh recall David’s experience of making the Album. David said ” We were having so much fun making the Album that we went past our deadline. We were being hounded by record executives from all over the world who were anxious to hear a playback. We were so up against it that I was still doing the vocals for ‘ Hold me close ‘ as record company hierarchy were sitting in the studio reception. I did two vocal takes followed by a quick half hour mix and the track was finished. After an hour and a half wait, the record company guys were led in, we offered our apologies and played them the track. They got their own back by keeping us waiting for a reaction to the song, but eventually, the chief said he liked it, and the compliments started to flow “.
After the song was released, David found he had another successful single. In the United Kingdom ” Hold Me Close ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 13th of September 1975 and reached the Number One spot. The song stayed at the top for three weeks. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the chart there.
The song was to be David’s second Number One in the United Kingdom and also his last chart-topper in that country.
In Ireland ” Hold Me Close ” first entered the Irish chart on the 25th of September 1975 and like the UK it reached Number One. The song spent eight weeks on the chart there.
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UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 1
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