This love song was written by David Essex and produced by the singer's regular collaborator Jeff Wayne. It was a late addition to the All The Fun of the Fair
album. David Essex recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "We were having so much fun making the album that we went past our deadline. We were being hounded by record executives from all over the world who were anxious to hear a playback. We were so up against it that I was still doing vocals for 'Hold Me Close' as record company hierarchy was sitting in the studio reception. I did two vocal takes followed by a quick half hour mix and the track was finished.
After an hour and a half wait, the record company guys were led in, we offered our apologies and played them the track. They got their own back by keeping us waiting for a reaction to the song, but eventually the chief said he liked it and the compliments started to flow."