Song written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym John Davenport. It was originally recorded by American R&B singer Little Willie John for his debut album ‘Fever’ (1956), and released as a single in April of the same year. It has been covered by numerous artists from various musical genres, most notably by Peggy Lee whose rendition became the most widely known version of ‘Fever’ and the singer’s signature song. Lee’s version contained rewritten lyrics different from the original and an altered music arrangement. It became a top-five hit on the music charts in the UK and Australia in addition to entering the top ten in the US and the Netherlands. ‘Fever’ was nominated in three categories at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Other notable cover versions of “Fever” include those by Elvis Presley, Madonna, The McCoys, La Lupe and Beyoncé. Madonna released it as a single from her fifth studio album ‘Erotica’ (1992) in March 1993. She promoted “Fever” by filming and releasing a music video directed by Stéphane Sednaoui and performing the song on several television shows as well as her 1993 The Girlie Show World Tour.

Live performances

Kim Wilde performed the first verse of ‘Fever’ during her Another Step tour in 1986, most notably in a concert that was televised on BBC television on New Years Eve 1986, before singing her own song Love Blonde.


Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear
You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Spotlight Sis

[unknown] (France)

French profile on Kim Wilde, featuring several excerpts from her songs with a French voice-over.

Kim Wilde at the Zenith

[unknown] (France)

Radio broadcast of part of Kim’s live performance at the Zenith in Paris on November 11, 1986. She plays ‘Love blonde’ and ‘You keep me hangin’ on’.

Note: date of broadcast is an estimate.

Mike’s mystery voice

Radio Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

In a famous quiz segment, Kim said a few words in order for listeners to try and find out who she was.

NRJ Radio

NRJ Radio (France)

Interview with Kim Wilde about her new album ‘Another step’ and the accompanying tour which takes place in several cities in France in November 1986. Kim chooses some favourite songs during the programme, and some of her tracks are also played. Tracks included during the hour are:

  • You keep me hangin’ on – Kim Wilde
  • Human – Human League
  • Kids in America – Kim Wilde
  • Set me free – Jaki Graham
  • Cambodia – Kim Wilde
  • Gravity – James Brown
  • View from a bridge – Kim Wilde
  • Girls and boys – Prince
  • Love blonde (12″ version) – Kim Wilde
  • Ain’t nothing going on but the rent – Gwen Guthrie

Old grey whistle test

31 December 1986

Starting at 11.30 pm and ending at 00.10 am on January 1st, 1987, this was a televised live concert by Kim and her band. During the televised part of this concert, she played:-

  • View from a bridge
  • The thrill of it
  • How do you want my love
  • The second time
  • Cambodia
  • Fever / Love blonde
  • You keep me hangin’ on
  • I’ve got so much love

Before ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ the countdown to the new year was started by Kim and the band, playing ‘Auld lang syne’.
The concert was televised by a program called ‘Old grey whistle test’, which started at New Year’s Eve and lasted well into the early hours of 1 January 1987.

Cannon & Ball

27 December 1986

Kim lipsynchs ‘Hit him’, a track from her recent album ‘Another step’. Three musicians with trumpets mime to the recorded music.
After the performance, the two hosts talk to Kim, mainly about her father Marty.


21 December 1986

Kim lipsynchs ‘You keep me hangin’ on’, wearing a white shirt and a dark suit. She performs on an empty stage to a dancing and clapping audience. Before and after, she is briefly interviewed. At the end of the show, presenter and Kim are joined by OMD and Santa Claus.

Thames News

8 December 1986

Short report about Kim’s live concert in London, hot on the heels of her ‘comeback single’ ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’. Live clips filmed during soundcheck and a short interview backstage.


7 December 1986

Kim Wilde and a band consisting of two guitarists and a drummer perform in front of a live studio audience. After a lengthy introduction in Swedish by two presenters, Kim lipsynchs the songs ‘Schoolgirl’, ‘Cambodia’ and ‘Hold back’.

Peter’s Popshow

6 December 1986
ZDF (Germany)

This show features Kim lipsynching ‘Schoolgirl’ and ‘You keep me hangin’ on’.
The Germans staged a little school class on stage as well, featuring a few ‘students’ writing with crayon on a blackboard and the rest of them throwing paper planes and mucking about.


3 December 1986
AVRO (Netherlands)

Kim Wilde is interviewed by presenter Leonie Sazias. She conducts the segment ‘Toppop Test’, in which artists must answer a couple of questions posed to them. While this particular segment contains a couple of very interesting video fragments, the questions are pretty lame. Kim is a little surprised when she is asked ‘What was your first hit?’ and ‘What’s the name of your father?’.
At least we get to see clips of Kim performing ‘Kids in America’ (her very first appearance in Toppop on April 24, 1981, and Marty singing ‘Abergavenny’ and the Dutch song ‘Daar bij die molen’ together with Dutch singer Corry Brokken.
After this she lip-synchs ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ in an empty Toppop studio.