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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"
Released September 1964
Format 7" single
Length 2:30
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Lee Gillette
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Single by Joss Stone
Released September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Jazz
Length 2:48
Label Virgin
  • Bert Kaempfert
  • Milt Gabler
Producer(s) Raphael Saadiq
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
"Baby Baby Baby"
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
"Baby Baby Baby"

"L-O-V-E" is a song recorded by Nat King Cole for his album of the same name (1965). It was composed by Bert Kaempfert, with lyrics by Milt Gabler. The trumpet solo was performed by Bobby Bryant.[1] The song had previously appeared an instrumental track on Kaempfert's album Blue Midnight (1964). For international versions of 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.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by several artists, including Dionne Warwick on The Windows of the World (1967),[7] Cole's daughter Natalie Cole on Unforgettable... with Love (1991),[8] and Michael Bublé on the special edition of Call Me Irresponsible (2007).[9] Deana Martin recorded "L-O-V-E" on her second studio album, Volare, released in 2009 by Big Fish Records.

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, starring Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright, which debuted on September 24, 2007 on E!, Bravo, and VH1.[10] Stone's version was released digitally on September 18, 2007,[11] reaching number 100 on the UK Singles Chart and number seventy-five on the Swiss Singles Chart.[12][13] It was also later included as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her third album Introducing Joss Stone as well as her 2011 compilation album The Best of Joss Stone 2003-2009.

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.[14][15]

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.[16]


Nat King Cole version
Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 81
Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[18] 111
Joss Stone version
Chart (2007) Peak
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 75
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 100


  1. ^ L-O-V-E (LP liner notes). Nat King Cole. Capitol Records. 1965. ST 2195. 
  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. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Windows of the World – Dionne Warwick". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Unforgettable: With Love – Natalie Cole". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Call Me Irresponsible: Special Edition – Michael Bublé". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Joss Stone – Coco Mademoiselle". jossstone.com. September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ "L-O-V-E: MP3 Downloads: Joss Stone". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Joss Stone". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Swisscharts.com – Joss Stone – L-O-V-E". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  14. ^ "Shawn Johnson presenter at Frosted Pink airing October 14th". Stanton & Company. October 13, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Turn Up the Quiet – Diana Krall". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  17. ^ "Nat King Cole Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  18. ^ ""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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