Kiss You All Over
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|"Kiss You All Over"|
|Single by Exile|
|from the album Mixed Emotions|
|B-side||Don't Do It (US)
There's Been A Change (UK)
|Label||Warner/Curb Records (US)
RAK Records (UK)
"Kiss You All Over" is a 1978 song performed by the group Exile. It was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. It was included on the band's album Mixed Emotions, and it featured Jimmy Stokley and guitarist JP Pennington on lead vocals. It was a number one single in the United States, but proved to be Exile's only big hit in the pop rock market. In England, the song was released on Mickie Most's RAK Records, and there it peaked at number 6. In this song, a string synthesizer is used.
Stokley left the band in 1979, and the remaining members took a decidedly more country direction with the dawning of the 1980s. Following the chart-topping performance of "Kiss You All Over", in 1979 "You Thrill Me" reached #40 (UK no. 67) and "How Could This Go Wrong", #88 on the charts. "Take Me Down" peaked at #3 on the Euro Hit 40 in the mid-'80s.
- 1978: A version by Jim Mundy and Terri Melton made number 87 on the Hot Country Songs charts.
- 1979: Along with the track "So Strange", Phyllis Hyman covered this song and had a minor disco hit, peaking at number 75.
- Also in 1979, Millie Jackson covered this song for her album A Moment's Pleasure and it was released as a single in Europe.
- 1982: A lovers rock version by Samantha Rose produced by reggae producer Winston Curtis was recorded in London.
- 1993: Tiffany released a version on her Asia-only album Dreams Never Die. The album (and song) were re-released in the U.S. in 2005.
- 1997: The band No Mercy's remixed version by Johnny Vicious and Darrin "Spike" Friedman reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart and #47 in Australia.
- 2013: On the album Love Will..., Trace Adkins recorded a cover version with Exile (J.P. Pennington and Les Taylor).
Appearances in other media
The song was featured in the films Happy Gilmore, Man on the Moon and Employee of the Month. It was also used in 2007 on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada during a montage of Stanley Cup celebrations at the conclusion of the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- 45cat.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 191.
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