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Mel Carter (born April 22, 1939, Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American singer and actor. He is best known for his 1965 million-selling recording, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me".

Mel Carter
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Mel Carter in 1966
Background information
Born (1939-04-22) April 22, 1939 (age 80)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresSoul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1960–present



Carter recorded for Sam Cooke's SAR record label in the early 1960s. He had his first hit in 1963 at the age of 24 with "When a Boy Falls in Love", which was co-written by Cooke. At age 16 Carter studied singing with legendary vocalist Little Jimmy Scott.

By the time he reached his commercial peak with Imperial Records in the middle of the decade, he was specializing in pop ballads. His biggest success was the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," which reached Number 8 in 1965. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1] He had a couple of other Top 40 entries over the next year, "Band of Gold" and "All of a Sudden My Heart Sings", as well as a few other easy listening sellers.

Carter appeared on the DVD of the PBS special, Doo Wop 51, recorded in 2001 performing his hit; he also appeared on another PBS special, Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop, performing a tribute to Billy Williams ("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter") and Tommy Edwards ("It's All in the Game").

Carter later acted on television programs such as Quincy, M.E., Sanford and Son, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Eddie Capra Mysteries, CHiPs and Magnum, P.I., and in films such as Friday Foster (1975), Chesty Anderson, USN (1976), American Raspberry (1977) and Angel (1984).


Year Title Chart positions Album
1960 "I'm Coming Home"
b/w "Sugar"
Non-album tracks
1961 "I Need You So"
b/w "When I Grow Too Old To Dream"
1962 "Who Do You Love" (with Clydie King)
b/w "The Wrong Side Of Town"
1963 "Wonderful Love"
b/w "Time Of Young Love"
When A Boy Falls In Love
"When A Boy Falls In Love"A
b/w "So Wonderful"
1964 "Why I Call Her Mine"
b/w "Time Of Young Love"
"Deed I Do"
b/w "What's On Your Mind" (from Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me)
Non-album track
1965 "The Richest Man Alive"
b/w "I'll Never Be Free"
104 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
"I Just Can't Imagine"
b/w "High Noon"
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
b/w "A Sweet Little Girl"
8 1 2 21
"(All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings"
b/w "When I Hold The Hand Of The One I Love"
38 3 6 48 (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings
1966 "Love Is All We Need"
b/w "I Wish I Didn't Love You So"
66 21 65 2
"Band Of Gold"
b/w "Detour" (from Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me)
32 1 38
"You, You, You"
b/w "If You Lose Her" (Non-album track)
49 11 38 Easy Listening
"Take Good Care Of Her"
b/w "Tar and Cement"
1967 "As Time Goes By"
b/w "Look To The Rainbow"
111 Non-album tracks
b/w "For Once In My Life"
"Enter Laughing"
b/w "Star Dust" (Non-album track)
Enter Laughing (Soundtrack)
"Be My Love"
b/w "I Look Into Your Eyes"
132 23 Be My Love
1968 "Excuse Me"
b/w "The Other Woman"
"I Pretend"
b/w "Didn't We"
38 Non-album tracks
1969 "San Francisco Is A Lonely Town"
b/w "Everything Stops For A Little While"
This Is My Life
"Another Saturday Night"
b/w "Coming From You"
Non-album tracks
1970 "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
b/w "This Is Your Life"
This Is My Life
1973 "Do Me Wrong, But Do Me
b/w "She Is Me"
Non-album tracks
1974 "I Only Have Eyes For You"
b/w "Treasure of Love"
104 39
1976 "My Coloring Book"
b/w "Put A Little Love Away"
1981 "You Changed My Life Again"
b/w "I Don't Want To Get Over You"
"I Don't Want To Get Over You"
b/w "Who's Right, Who's Wrong"
  • A"When a Boy Falls In Love" also peaked at #30 on R&B charts.


  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

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