34 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Earns First #1 Song With “Help Me Hold On”

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You could say that Travis Tritt knows how to make a country music debut.

Following the success of his first single, “Country Club,” it seemed like Tritt was destined for stardom.

Tritt’s follow-up single to “Country Club” secured his status as a powerful force in country music, peaking at number nine, which was pretty good for a debut single. Titled “Help Me Hold On,” the song became the first number-one hit of Tritt’s career.

He released “Help Me Hold On” on February 8, 1990.

Written entirely by Tritt, “Help Me Hold On” serves as a man’s heartbreaking plea to his lover to give him another chance. As his love starts packing up her things to leave, the man finally realizes that he needs to change in order to make her happy.

CANADA – JULY 20: Travis Tritt (Photo by Mike Slaughter/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The chorus serves as the man’s desperate plea to make his love stay with him, as he sings, “You said it takes two to make love last. You were right all along, so help me hold on.”

While Tritt later became well-known for rowdy hits such as “Here’s a Quarter” and “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Help Me Hold On” was a bit more toned down. The arrangement featured a light instrumental accompaniment, allowing Tritt’s voice to shine through.

In 2016, “Help Me Hold On” was taken to a whole new level when Tritt started performing it acoustically.

As part of his 2016 A Man and His Guitar tour, Tritt transformed some of his most recognizable songs into chill-inducing acoustic remakes.

MANHATTAN, KS – JUNE 28: (editors note this image has been transferred to black and white) Singer/Songwriter Travis Tritt performs during the 20th. Anniversaty of Kicker Country Stampede Manhattan, Kansas – Day 4 on June 28, 2015 at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kicker Country Stampede)

“Help Me Hold On” is one of the songs that Tritt featured on his tour and its accompanying album. When you listen to the audio of his performance below, you’ll hear no drums, no background singers, nothing. Just the sounds of Tritt and his guitar.

Go ahead and listen to the phenomenal performance below. It’s sure to give you goosebumps!

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