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)
Released 1978 (1978)
Format 7" single
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:57
Label Warner/Curb Records (US)
RAK Records (UK)
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mike Chapman

"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 (they would later have great success on the country music charts). It held the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks (starting September 30),[2] and Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1978. In the United Kingdom, the song was released on Mickie Most's RAK Records, and it peaked at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] In this song, a string synthesizer is used. In 2010, Billboard ranked the song ninth on its list of "The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time".[2]


Lead vocalist on the song Stokley was ousted from the band in 1979, his health declining thereafter until he died at the age of 41 in 1985. The band moved into country music following the synth-pop success of "Kiss You All Over" and the 1979 follow-on hit "You Thrill Me" (reaching #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-1980s.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song was featured in the films Happy Gilmore, Wild Hogs, Man on the Moon, Employee of the Month, and Zookeeper. 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. The song closes out the finale of the first season of the Amazon Series Red Oaks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendejas Jr., Jesse (August 7, 2014). "The '70s' Seven Sexiest Soft-Rock Songs". Houston Press. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b M. Tye Comer, Mariel Concepcion, Monica Herrera, Jessica Letkemann, Evie Nagy and David J. Prince (February 11, 2010). "The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Exile - Kiss You All Over / There's Been A Change - RAK - UK - RAK 279". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Kiss You All Over: Tiffany: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 191. 
  6. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/sample/102916/Live-Element-Something-About-You-Exile-(Band)-Kiss-You-All-Over/
Preceded by
"Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Exile version)
September 30, 1978 - October 21, 1978
Succeeded by
"Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder
Preceded by
"Rivers of Babylon" by Boney M.
New Zealand Singles Chart number one (Exile version)
15 October 1978 - 5 November 1978
Succeeded by
"Substitute" by Clout
Preceded by
"Rasputin" by Boney M.
Australian Kent Music Report number one single (Exile version)
18 December 1978
Succeeded by
"Y.M.C.A." by Village People
Preceded by
"Circles" by Kimara Lovelace
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (No Mercy version)
January 31, 1998
Succeeded by
"Together Again" by Janet Jackson