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
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. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1978.[1] In the United Kingdom, the song was released on Mickie Most's RAK Records, and there it peaked at number 6.[2] In this song, a string synthesizer is used.

Lead vocals on the song Stokley was ousted from the band in 1979, his health declining thereafter until he died at the tragically young 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-'80s.[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.


  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1978
  2. ^ Retrieved April 11, 2014.
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  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 191. 
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