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Single by Nat King Cole
from the album L-O-V-E
B-side"I Don't Want to See Tomorrow"
ReleasedSeptember 1964
RecordedJune 3, 1964 [1]
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 Nat King Cole for his 1965 studio album L-O-V-E.

Composition and background


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.[2] 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),[3] Italian,[4] German,[5] Spanish[6] and French.[7] In this last language, the song was renamed "Je Ne Repartirai Pas" and translated by Jean Delleme.

Joss Stone version

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 commercial for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. The ad, starring Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright, debuted on September 24, 2007 on E!, Bravo, and VH1.[8]

Stone's version was released digitally on September 18, 2007,[9] reaching number 100 on the UK Singles Chart and number 75 on the Swiss Singles Chart.[10][11] 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.[12][13]

Yōko Oginome version

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".[14][15][16]

Track listing

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

The song appears in the opening credits of the 1998 film The Parent Trap.[17]

A version by Michael Feinstein is the theme song for season 1 of the series Why Women Kill.

In the talent show scene of the 1994 film The Little Rascals, Blake McIver Ewing's Waldo performs the song as a duet with Brittany Ashton Holmes' Darla.

Natalie Cole sang the song with Luann de Lesseps in the season four finale of The Real Housewives of New York City.[18]

In 2020, it was sampled in the song “Used to be (L.O.V.E)” by the American singer Chelsea Collins.



Nat King Cole version

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

Joss Stone version

Chart (2007) Peak
France Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[22] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 75
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 100


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 400,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ L-O-V-E (LP liner notes). Nat King Cole. Capitol Records. 1965. ST 2195.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Japanese) / Kareha (Autumn Leaves) - Capitol - USA - 5330". 45worlds.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Italian) / Tu Sei Cosi Amabile - Capitol - USA - 5331". 45worlds.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In German) / Muetterlein (Answer Me, My Love) - Capitol - USA - 5332". Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nat King Cole - Love (Sung In Spanish) / Tu Eres Tan Amable - Capitol - USA - 5333". 45worlds.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nat King Cole - Nat King Cole Chante En Français - Capitol - France". 45worlds.com. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Joss Stone – Coco Mademoiselle". jossstone.com. September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "L-O-V-E: MP3 Downloads: Joss Stone". Amazon. United States. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
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  12. ^ "Shawn Johnson presenter at Frosted Pink airing October 14th". Stanton & Company. October 13, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "LOVE". Yōko Oginome Official Website. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "LOVE | 荻野目洋子". Rising Production. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "LOVE | 荻野目洋子". Oricon. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  18. ^ Conrad (February 7, 2014). Natalie Cole LOVE on Real Housewives of NYC. Retrieved May 20, 2024 – via YouTube.
  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. ^ ""King"+Cole&titel=L-O-V-E&cat=s Nat "King" Cole – L-O-V-E" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  22. ^ "Joss Stone Chart History (France Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  23. ^ "British single certifications – Nat King Cole – L O V E". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
Yōko Oginome version