BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)”

I think I have a Battle this time that’ll be worth offering for your musical pleasure.

"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)" was writen by the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Kim Weston recorded it in 1965 and reached #4 on the US R&B chart and #6 on the UK R&B chart. It’s been recorded by Blood Sweat & Tears, The Isley Brothers, and several other artists, two of which will be competing in this round.

Eddie Holland

Eddie Holland, one of the writers of the song, also recorded it in 1964, but it was never issued.

The Doobie Brothers

The Doobies recorded the song on their 1975 album Stampede and released it as a single in August of that year. It reached #11 on the Hot 100.

Your Turn!

You probably know how this works, but for those of you that don’t or are doing this for the first time, here are your instructions:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

Voting closes next Saturday, January 22 at 12:00 noon Eastern time, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Eddie Holland and The Doobie Brothers!

12 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)”

  1. John,

    I’m going with THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. Great song, fun battle! Just so you’ll know I have a mid-month showdown going on, too. Have a good Sunday afternoon, my friend!


  2. I do know the Doobie Bros version more but I have to go with Eddie Holland because I just love that style more. I think this is an apples and oranges type of pick. Eddie I would play more so I went with him. Now I am so bad in visiting this week but i do plan to go back and have a listen.


  3. Looks like we’ve all gone retro classics in this round of BOTB.

    Holland does a fine version, but the Doobies did the version I listened to the most in the past and has been most ingrained upon my memory. I really like their energy in this song.

    My vote goes to the Doobie Brothers.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. Eddie Holland for sure. His sound is pure Motown, which I think is how the song was intended to sound. The Doobies tried to do a Motown sound the Doobie way, and it fell flat with me.

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