Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) – The Doobie Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on May 25th of 1975 The Doobie Brothers crack the Top 20 on Billboard with “Take Me In Your Arms”. The song would eventually peak at #11 in June.The song was written by the famous Motown songwriting team of Lamont Dozier and the brothers Eddie and Brian Holland, who were known as Holland-Dozier-Holland. It was recorded by Kim Weston, who had an R&B hit with the song in 1965, and The Isley Brothers also recorded it in 1967.This song ended up becoming Weston’s biggest solo hit, despite failing to make the Top 40 on the US Pop charts. Other notable covers were as mentioned by the Isley Brothers in 1967 and Blood, Sweat & Tears for their 1971 album BS&T 4. It wasn’t until The Doobie Brothers released their version that the song became a mainstream hit. Doobies lead singer and guitarist Tom Johnston told us: “I had been a fan of that song since it came out somewhere in the ’60s. I just loved that song. So somewhere around ’72 I started lobbying to get the band to do a cover of that. And I didn’t get anywhere until ’75. Then finally in 1975 we actually did it. And we got to have some chick singers, which was to me the ultimate nirvana thing to do, come in and sing on the thing with us. And then the strings were put on by Paul Riser, who was the Motown string guy. I was in hog heaven. I absolutely love that song. And when we actually got to do it, for me that was a real thrill. I felt not only satisfied, but elated. And then to get to go out and play it live as well, that was a kick.”The song was originally recorded by Eddie Holland in 1964; this version was never commercially released until 2005. The song was a minor hit in the UK where it topped off at #29.