Carter recorded this during his tenure at Imperial Records, where he worked with producer Phil Schaff, who convinced a skeptical Carter to record the love song. "Phil brought the 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me' song to me," Carter told Vintage Vinyl
. "When we first did it, I hated the song because I had to be directed to sing on the beat, but little did I know."
Carter was previously signed to Sam Cooke's SAR label and Mercury Records, where he was discovered by Quincy Jones.