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Nat King Cole - LOVE (song).png
Single by Nat King Cole
from the album L-O-V-E
A-side"I Don't Want to See Tomorrow"
ReleasedSeptember 1964
Format7" single
Producer(s)Lee Gillette
Music video
"L-O-V-E" on YouTube
Joss Stone - LOVE.png
Single by Joss Stone
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
FormatDigital download
  • Bert Kaempfert
  • Milt Gabler
Producer(s)Raphael Saadiq
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
"Baby Baby Baby"

"L-O-V-E" is a song recorded by American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole for his studio album L-O-V-E (1965).


The song was composed by Bert Kaempfert with lyrics by Milt Gabler, and produced by Lee Gillette. The trumpet solo was performed by Bobby Bryant.[1] The song had previously appeared as an instrumental track on Kaempfert's album Blue Midnight (1964).

For international versions of the L-O-V-E album, Nat King Cole also recorded versions of "L-O-V-E" and other songs, in Japanese (mixed with English words),[2] Italian,[3] German,[4] Spanish [5] and French.[6] In this last language, the song was renamed "Je Ne Repartirai Pas" and translated by Jean Delleme.

Joss Stone version[edit]

English singer Joss Stone recorded a cover of "L-O-V-E" for the soundtrack to a short film for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. The short, starring Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright, debuted on September 24, 2007 on E!, Bravo, and VH1.[7]

Stone's version was released digitally on September 18, 2007,[8] reaching number 100 on the UK Singles Chart and number 75 on the Swiss Singles Chart.[9][10] It was also later included as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her third studio album Introducing Joss Stone (2007) as well as her compilation album The Best of Joss Stone 2003-2009 (2011).

Stone performed a duet of the song with Natalie Cole at Frosted Pink, a benefit concert to raise awareness of women's cancer, which took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on October 6, 2007 and aired on ABC on October 14.[11][12]

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by several artists, including Dionne Warwick on The Windows of the World (1967),[13] Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie Cole on Unforgettable... with Love (1991),[14] and Michael Bublé on the special edition of Call Me Irresponsible (2007).[15] Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin recorded "L-O-V-E" on her second studio album, Volare (2009).[16]

The song was covered on the musical comedy Glee in the season 3 Valentine's Day special episode "Heart". The characters Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) performed both the vocals and dance routine as a duet.

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall included the song in her 2017 studio album Turn Up the Quiet.[17]

Damian McGinty, a member of the Irish stage production Celtic Thunder, covered the song for their most recent CD/DVD set Celtic Thunder X (2018).[18]


Nat King Cole version
Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 81
Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[20] 111
Joss Stone version
Chart (2007) Peak
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 75
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 100


  1. ^ L-O-V-E (LP liner notes). Nat King Cole. Capitol Records. 1965. ST 2195.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Japanese) / Kareha (Autumn Leaves) - Capitol - USA - 5330". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Italian) / Tu Sei Cosi Amabile - Capitol - USA - 5331". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In German) / Muetterlein (Answer Me, My Love) - Capitol - USA - 5332". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Spanish) / Tu Eres Tan Amable - Capitol - USA - 5333:". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Nat King Cole - Nat King Cole Chante En Français - Capitol - France". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Joss Stone – Coco Mademoiselle". jossstone.com. September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "L-O-V-E: MP3 Downloads: Joss Stone". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Joss Stone". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Swisscharts.com – Joss Stone – L-O-V-E". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Shawn Johnson presenter at Frosted Pink airing October 14th". Stanton & Company. October 13, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "Singers Joss Stone (L) and Natalie Cole perform at the Frosted Pink Presented By sanofi-aventis and Wachovia Putting Women's Cancer on Ice at the Barker Hangar on October 6, 2007 in Santa Monica, California". Getty Images. October 6, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  13. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Windows of the World – Dionne Warwick". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Unforgettable: With Love – Natalie Cole". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  15. ^ "Call Me Irresponsible: Special Edition – Michael Bublé". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Deana Martin - Volare". Allmusic. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Turn Up the Quiet – Diana Krall". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  18. ^ "Celtic Thunder - Celtic Thunder X". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  19. ^ "Nat King Cole Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  20. ^ ""King"+Cole&titel=L-O-V-E&cat=s Lescharts.com – Nat "King" Cole – L-O-V-E" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 7, 2015.

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