1975 Doobie Brothers – Take Me In Your Arms
The Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote the song Take Me In Your Arms, and Eddie Holland recorded the song in 1964. His recording did not get released until 2005.
The next year, they produced Kim Weston’s recording of the song, and the Gordy label released it as a single. The record reached #4 on the R&B chart in 1965 but peaked at only #50 on the Hot 100.
Holland-Dozier-Holland produced the Isley Brothers recording of the song in 1967 for Tamla Records. That single peaked at only #22 on the R&B chart and failed to reach the Hot 100.
The Doobie Brothers had formed in 1970 and released five top forty singles before hitting number one with Black Water in 1974.
Lead singer Tom Johnson had always loved the song Take Me In Your Arms, but could not convince the band to record the song until they followed up their number one record with their 1975 album Stampede.
Ted Templeman of Harpers Bizarre produced their version of the song. It became their first single from the album. It reached #11 on the Hot 100.
The band struggled to find hit singles for a few years after that and failed to reach the top ten again until Michael McDonald joined the band in 1979. He co-wrote and sang lead vocals on a single that again took the band to the top of the Hot 100: What a Fool Believes.
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