I was never a huge Toshi-chan fan but during my Kuri nights, his songs often peppered the lounge. And "Dakishimete Tonight" (Hold Me Tonight) was one of the popular ones. One of my later students who worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation right across from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo told me that he and some of his fellows would mow through a whole ton of old Johnny's Entertainment songs which included Tahara's stuff, and I'm sure over there as well, "Dakishimete Tonight" was a must-sing choice.
After all, the intro pretty much kicks the karaoke singer into as high a gear as it gets Tahara and his backups dancing all over the floor. For Toshihiko Tahara（田原俊彦）, "Dakishimete Tonight" was his 32nd single released in April 1988. Even though it had been almost a decade since his debut as that cute curly-haired teen, he was still singing and flying around the stage with all of that adolescent spunk. For me, not only was it a karaoke dynamic delight but the other interesting thing about it was the change in key during the song where it goes from aidoru funk to a short interlude of samba rhythm before coming back.
The song was also the theme for the Fuji-TV comedy-drama "Kyoushi Bin Bin Monogatari"（教師びんびん物語...The Tale of the Strong Teacher）, the second of the "Bin Bin" series, starring Tahara himself.
"Dakishimete Tonight" was written by Hiromi Mori（森浩美）, a lyricist who would write a ton of songs for a future Johnny's supergroup, SMAP, and also wrote another high-flying aidoru tune for Yoko Oginome（荻野目洋子）, "Dance Beat wa Yoake Made"（ダンスビートは夜明けまで）. Kyohei Tsutsumi（筒美京平） took care of the melodic excitement. The song went as high as No. 3 on Oricon, and became the 18th-ranked single of the year. He had been selected for a place on the 1988 Kohaku Utagassen, but after being dropped from the 1987 show, Tahara declared that he had "graduated" from the NHK New Year's Eve special and ended up not appearing, and hasn't appeared since. I'm pretty sure "Dakishimete Tonight" would have been the song he sang. Not sure if there were sour grapes behind his decision but he wouldn't have been the first to divorce himself from the Kohaku under bitter circumstances.