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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.

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]

Joss Stone - LOVE.png
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]

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]

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).


Nat King Cole version[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 81
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 17
Chart (2014) Peak
France (IFOP)[21] 75
France (SNEP)[22] 111

Joss Stone version[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
France Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[23] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 75
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 100


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+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 (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. ^ 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. ^ "Nat King Cole Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  21. ^ "Tous les Tubes de chaque Artiste". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved February 14, 2020. Select "Nat 'King' COLE" from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
  22. ^ ""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.
  23. ^ "Joss Stone Chart History (France Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Nat King Cole – L O V E". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 28, 2020.

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