Kissin' Time (song)

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"Kissin' Time"
Single by Bobby Rydell
from the album We Got Love
B-side "You'll Never Tame Me"
Released 1959
Format 7" single
Length 2:13
Label Cameo
Songwriter(s) Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann
Bobby Rydell singles chronology
"Kissin' Time"
"We Got Love" / "I Dig Girls"

"Kissin' Time / "You'll Never Tame Me"
"We Got Love"/"I Dig Girls"

"Kissin' Time" is a song by the American singer Bobby Rydell. It was released in 1959 on Cameo-Parkway Records. Written by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann, the track was Rydell's first single and it would also go on to be his first Top 20 hit.


Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann, founders of Rydell's label, wrote "Kissin' Time". It quickly became a number 11 hit in the United States and made Rydell (then a 17-year-old) a "teen idol". This success was followed by a tour through Australia with The Everly Brothers, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs and The Crickets. Rydell recorded a new version of "Kissin' Time" to fit Australia ("they're kissin' in Sydney. Perth and Brisbane too..."). The song was covered by the hard rock band Kiss in 1974.

Kiss version[edit]

"Kissin' Time"
Kissin' Time vinyl.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Kiss
B-side "Nothin' to Lose"
Released May 10, 1974 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Bell Sound Studios,
New York City: April, 1974
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 3:52
Label Casablanca/Warner Bros. NB-0004 (US)
Songwriter(s) Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann
Producer(s) Kenny Kerner & Richie Wise
Kiss singles chronology
"Nothin' to Lose" / "Love Theme from KISS"
"Kissin' Time" / "Nothin' to Lose"
"Strutter" / "100,000 Years"

"Nothin' to Lose" / "Love Theme from KISS"
"Kissin' Time" / "Nothin' to Lose"
"Strutter" / "100,000 Years"
Kiss track listing
  1. "Strutter"
  2. "Nothin' to Lose"
  3. "Firehouse"
  4. "Cold Gin"
  5. "Let Me Know"
  6. "Kissin' Time"
  7. "Deuce"
  8. "Love Theme from KISS"
  9. "100,000 Years"
  10. "Black Diamond"

In 1974, the hard rock band Kiss released its eponymous debut album. The record struggled to stay on the charts and the group was in need of a single that would help. Neil Bogart, founder of the band's record company Casablanca Records, knew that a catchy single could save the record. He consequently ordered the band to record "Kissin' Time", hoping that it would achieve the same success as it had for Rydell. The single first had to be drastically reworked because of lines like "They're smoochin' all over, even in St. Lou."

A song with lyrics like the original ones were ill-suited to Kiss' then leather-clad style. Kenny Kerner, one of the album producers, said about the reworking of the song: "We sat there, we all had pads and pencils, and we just went around the board. And we went, 'Alright, well... they're Kissin' in'... and somebody would go, 'Detroit'! And we'd go, 'Alright, they're kissin' in Detroit.' And that's how it went. We re-wrote the song in like twenty minutes." The band members were not thrilled with the record company's decision to record the song and later feature it on the album, but they were pressured into going along.[1]

"Kissin' Time" was released three months after the initial release of the album, but was not included on the album until July 1974.[2] Sung by Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, the song did not achieve anywhere near the success of Rydell's original, reaching only number 83 on the US Pop Charts and 79 on US Cashbox. Despite the anemic performance of the song on the charts, Kiss climbed to a relatively high number 87 position.

Live performances[edit]

"Kissin' Time" was performed for a short period while the single and promotion were active, and then the band dropped the song until the 2006 Rising Sun Tour where they, to the surprise of the fans, performed it alongside the previously unplayed "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em". An acoustic version was performed on July 23, 2015, at the San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, California.


"Kissin' Time" has appeared on following Kiss albums:

Track listing[edit]



Chart (1974) Position
US Pop Singles[3] 83


  1. ^ David Leaf; Ken Sharp (2003-10-15). Kiss. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0-446-53073-6.
  2. ^ "Kissin' Time info - KissFaq". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Billboard June 22, 1974. Retrieved July 8, 2011.

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