Friday, February 26, 2010

LADIES FIRST: 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)'


Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston


LADIES FIRST gives due to famous songs that actually 'she did first'.


"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" was written by Motown's monster hitwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1964. And technically, the first version was by Eddie Holland himself, though it was never released (until 2005). But the smash hit recording that set it all off was by KIM WESTON.

KIM WESTON -"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (1965)



During their Motown years THE ISLEY BROTHERS also covered it.


In 1971, it was embraced awhile by BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS.


Here's another update by VINEGAR JOE, a British Rock'n'Soul band with the good fortune to have both Elkie Brooks and Robert ("Addicted To Love") Palmer as their vocalists. Since the band dissolved in '73, it's a safe bet they preceded the next ones.

VINEGAR JOE -"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (live, circa 1973)



A Canadian soul singer named CHARITY BROWN next did a go at it in 1975, but just as her single was taking off, it was lost in the dust of the following version.


Tom Johnston of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS loved Kim Weston's single and took the song's title literally by ramping it up guitar style. It became one of their signature songs, so much so that most fans think it was theirs in the first place.

DB -"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (1975)

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