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Nat King Cole - LOVE (song).png
Single by Nat King Cole
from the album L-O-V-E
B-side"I Don't Want to See Tomorrow"
ReleasedSeptember 1964
Producer(s)Lee Gillette
Music video
"L-O-V-E" on YouTube

"L-O-V-E" is a song written by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler, recorded by American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole for his 1965 studio album L-O-V-E. For those wondering, Frank Sinatra did not record or sing this song.

Composition and background[edit]

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 his 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]

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Single by Joss Stone
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
  • Bert Kaempfert
  • Milt Gabler
Producer(s)Raphael Saadiq
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
"Baby Baby Baby"

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 on 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]

Yōko Oginome version[edit]

Yoko Oginome - Love.jpg
Single by Yōko Oginome
ReleasedOctober 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)
Yōko Oginome singles chronology
"Dancing Hero: The Archives"

"L-O-V-E" was covered in Japanese by Yōko Oginome as her 41st single, released on October 24, 2011 by Victor Entertainment. Based on the 1965 version recorded by Hibari Misora, the song was used by TBS as the theme song of the drama series Love & Fight. The B-side is a cover of the 1944 song "Candy".[13][14][15]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
Bert KaempfertTakehiro Kawabe 
2."Love" (Sweet Swing Track)
  • Sazanami
  • Gabler
KaempfertSeikō Nagaoka 
3."Candy"Alex KramerH-Wonder 

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by several artists, including Dionne Warwick on The Windows of the World (1967),[16] Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie Cole on Unforgettable... with Love (1991),[17] and Michael Bublé on the special edition of Call Me Irresponsible (2007).[18] Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin recorded "L-O-V-E" on her second studio album, Volare (2009).[19]

Hibari Misora covered the song in Japanese in her 1965 album Hibari Sings Jazz Songs: Memories of Nat King Cole.

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.[20]

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).[21]

The song was covered on the historical drama Outlander by STARZ in the season 5 (2020) episode "The Fiery Cross" by Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) to his wife Brianna MacKenzie (Sophie Skelton).

Goro Inagaki covered the song in Japanese as his solo track on SMAP's 2006 album, Pop Up! SMAP. [22]

In popular culture[edit]

It appears in the opening credits of the 1998 film The Parent Trap.[23]


Nat King Cole version[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 81
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[25] 17
Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[26] 111

Joss Stone version[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
France Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[27] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 75
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 100


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ L-O-V-E (LP liner notes). Nat King Cole. Capitol Records. 1965. ST 2195.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (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. United States. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Joss Stone: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 4, 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. ^ "LOVE". Yōko Oginome Official Website. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "LOVE | 荻野目洋子". Rising Production. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "LOVE | 荻野目洋子". Oricon. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  16. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Windows of the World – Dionne Warwick". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  17. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Unforgettable: With Love – Natalie Cole". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  18. ^ "Call Me Irresponsible: Special Edition – Michael Bublé". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "Deana Martin - Volare". Allmusic. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Turn Up the Quiet – Diana Krall". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  21. ^ "Celtic Thunder - Celtic Thunder X". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "L-O-V-Eの歌詞 | SMAP". Oricon. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  24. ^ "Nat King Cole Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  25. ^ "Nat King Cole Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  26. ^ ""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.
  27. ^ "Joss Stone Chart History (France Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Nat King Cole – L O V E". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 28, 2020.

External links[edit]

Yōko Oginome version