|Single by Nat King Cole|
|from the album L-O-V-E|
|A-side||"I Don't Want to See Tomorrow"|
|Single by Joss Stone|
|Released||September 18, 2007|
|Joss Stone singles chronology|
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. 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), Italian, German, Spanish  and French. In this last language, the song was renamed "Je Ne Repartirai Pas" and translated by Jean Delleme.
Joss Stone version
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.
Stone's version was released digitally on September 18, 2007, reaching number 100 on the UK Singles Chart and number 75 on the Swiss Singles Chart. 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.
Other cover versions
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The song has been covered by several artists, including Dionne Warwick on The Windows of the World (1967), Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie Cole on Unforgettable... with Love (1991), and Michael Bublé on the special edition of Call Me Irresponsible (2007). Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin recorded "L-O-V-E" on her second studio album, Volare (2009).
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.
- Nat King Cole version
|US Billboard Hot 100||81|
- Joss Stone version
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||75|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||100|
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