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"That's My Desire" is a 1931 popular song with music by Helmy Kresa and lyrics by Carroll Loveday.

The highest-charting version of the song was recorded by the Sammy Kaye orchestra in 1946, although a version of the song recorded by Frankie Laine has become better known over the years, being one of Laine's best-known recordings. It has been recorded by many other singers, including a number of doo-wop groups.

Charted hit versionsEdit

The recording by the Sammy Kaye orchestra was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-2251, with the flip side "Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume".[1] It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 13, 1947 and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.[2]

The recording by Frankie Laine was recorded on August 27, 1946, with Manny Klein's Orchestra, and released by Mercury Records as catalog number 5007, with the flip side "By the River Sainte Marie".[3] It reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 27, 1947 and lasted four weeks on the chart, peaking at #4.[2] It was Laine's first chart hit. Despite the higher chart position of the Kaye version, the Laine version is the widely reported million-seller. The Laine version also appeared on Billboard′s Rhythm and Blues survey.

The recording by Hadda Brooks on the smaller Modern Records label, also peaked at #4 on the R&B chart in 1947.[4]

The Hollies' version, recorded in Abbey Road studios 1 March 1965 appeared on the group's 3rd LP. In South Africa and Rhodesia it was released as a single, and went No. 1 in both countries in 1967.

Eddie Cochran versionEdit

Eddie Cochran recorded his version of "That's My Desire" in early summer of 1956 at Gold Star Recording Studios. It was first released in the UK in 1962 on the album "Cherished Memories". The first release in the US was on the album Eddie Cochran On The Air in 1987.

Personnel on the session:

  • Eddie Cochran: vocal, guitar
  • Conrad 'Guybo' Smith: stand-up bass
  • Jerry Capehart: box slapping
"That's My Desire"
Song by Eddie Cochran
from the album Eddie Cochran On The Air
LabelEMI Records
Songwriter(s)Helmy Kresa, Carroll Loveday
Producer(s)Eddie Cochran

Other versionsEdit

Related versionsEdit

  • On the eponymous first album by The Manhattan Transfer, the group does a song called "Heart's Desire" that is virtually identical to "That's My Desire".


  1. ^ RCA Victor records in the 20-2000 to 20-2499 series.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
  3. ^ Mercury records in the 5001 to 5497 series.
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  5. ^ a b US Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  6. ^ Imperial Records in the 5001 to 5500 series
  7. ^ Manor Records discography
  8. ^ Atlantic Records discography
  9. ^ a b US Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  10. ^ a b US Decca Records in the 28500 to 28999 series
  11. ^ Chance Records discography
  12. ^ Columbia Records in the 37000 to 37499 series
  13. ^ MGM Records in the 10001 to 10499 series
  14. ^ Groove Records discography
  15. ^ Timely Tunes Records discography
  16. ^ Capitol Records in the 101 to 499 series
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