Calling Dr. Love

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"Calling Dr. Love"
Calling Dr. Love - KISS - 1979.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Rock and Roll Over
ReleasedFebruary 13, 1977 (US)
Recorded1976 at Star Theatre, Nanuet, New York
GenreHard rock, glam rock
LabelCasablanca NB-880 (US)
Songwriter(s)Gene Simmons
Producer(s)Eddie Kramer
Kiss singles chronology
"Hard Luck Woman" / "Mr. Speed"
"Calling Dr. Love" / "Take Me"
"Christine Sixteen" / "Shock Me"

"Calling Dr. Love" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1976 album Rock and Roll Over. It was written by bassist Gene Simmons, who sings lead vocals on the song, at a Holiday Inn in Evansville, Indiana. The song's title came from Simmons' recollection of The Three Stooges film Men in Black, which contained a hospital intercom announcement, "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard." The song was the second single released from the album, and the band's fourth US Top 20 single, reaching #16 in Billboard. In Canada, the song reached number two,[1] and is ranked as the 54th biggest Canadian hit of 1977.

A live version of the song was included on Alive II, released later in 1977. Since then, "Calling Dr. Love" has appeared on numerous Kiss compilation albums. In 2003, it appeared on Kiss's fifth live album, Kiss Symphony: Alive IV.

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Popular culture[edit]

The song was released as downloadable content in the music video game Rock Band.

The song also featured in the setlist of the Alive 35 World Tour in 2008.

The song is mentioned - albeit briefly - in The Wastelands, the third installment of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower.

British wrestling ring announcer and former wrestler, 'Sweet' Stevie Aaron uses the song as his entrance theme.

The song was used in a 2009 commercial for the cherry-flavored Dr. Pepper. It features Gene Simmons, referred to as "Dr. Love," on a couch with several women, in front of a large electric Kiss logo which flashes while he says that the new product has a "kiss of cherry." His son Nick enters and scolds him for over-emphasizing the word "kiss." The ad ends with Simmons saying "trust me, I'm a doctor!" A variant of this ad aired during Super Bowl XLIV.

The Canadian 8 track tape version of the song is extended by about 55 seconds, with a smoothly edited-in repeat of the guitar solo.

Most recently, the song was featured in the film Magic Mike.


In 1994, the song was recorded and re-arranged by the one-off supergroup Shandi's Addiction (vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Billy Gould, and drummer Brad Wilk) as part of the Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved.

In 1996, the industrial rock band The Electric Hellfire Club covered the song on their album Calling Dr. Luv, renaming the album and song to reflect the name of their keyboardist The Rev. Dr. Luv who had recently died, which the album was dedicated to. The punk band Hullabaloo covered the song for the Kiss tribute album Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation.



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