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"Sealed with a Kiss"
Single by the Four Voices
B-side"You're All There Is"
Released30 May 1960
GenrePop
Length2:03
Songwriter(s)Peter Udell, Gary Geld
the Four Voices singles chronology
"Tell Me You Love Me, Tell Me You're Mine"
(1958)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
(1960)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
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Single by Brian Hyland
from the album Sealed with a Kiss
B-side
  • "Summer Job"
  • "Ginny Come Lately"
Released1 June 1962
GenrePop
Length2:38
LabelABC Records - Paramount
Songwriter(s)Peter Udell, Gary Geld
Brian Hyland singles chronology
"Ginny Come Lately"
(1962)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
(1962)
"Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)"
(1962)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
Sealed with a Kiss - Gary Lewis and the Playboys.jpg
Single by Gary Lewis and the Playboys
from the album Gary Lewis Now!
B-side"Sara Jane"
Released1968
GenrePop
Length2:22
LabelLiberty
Songwriter(s)Peter Udell, Gary Geld
Producer(s)Snuff Garrett
Gary Lewis and the Playboys singles chronology
"Has She Got The Nicest Eyes"
(1967)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
(1968)
"Main Street"
(1968)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
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German 7" vinyl single
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Sealed with a Kiss
B-side"All My Life"
Released1972
GenrePop
Length2:48
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Peter Udell, Gary Geld
Producer(s)Bobby Vinton
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Ev'ry Day of My Life"
(1972)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
(1972)
"But I Do"
(1972)

"Sealed with a Kiss" is a song written and composed by Peter Udell and Gary Geld. It was most successful as a 1962 hit single for Brian Hyland, who recalls Geld saying the song was "based on, but not totally based on, a Bach finger exercise." (See Five-finger exercise.)[1] The original recording of "Sealed With a Kiss" was that by the Four Voices which was released as a single in May of 1960 without becoming a hit.[2]

The lyrics are from the point of view of one of two lovers who have had to part ways over the summer. The narrator promises the lover who has had to leave that they will send that worthy their love and dreams in daily letters "sealed with a kiss;" they also bids the other lover pledge, under seal of a kiss, that they will reunite in September.

Brian Hyland version[edit]

In 1962, Brian Hyland, who often performed Udell's and Geld's material, covered the song. Hyland's single began its run on June 1, 1962 and became a hit, reaching No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.[3] The personnel on the original Brian Hyland recording included Mundell Lowe, Al Caiola on guitar, Gary Geld on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Blackie Shackner on harmonica, Gary Chester on drums, and Sticks Evans and Al Rogers on percussion.

When re-released in 1975, Hyland's recording charted in the UK at No. 7. Hyland also recorded a version in German.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)
3
US Singles (Billboard Hot 100)
3
Chart (1974) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)
7
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 13

Gary Lewis and the Playboys version[edit]

Gary Lewis & the Playboys covered the song in 1967 on the album Gary Lewis Now! Their cover version of the single was a Billboard Hot 100 No. 19 hit.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Australia
74
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 7
US (Billboard Hot 100)
19
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)
32

Bobby Vinton version[edit]

A third Top 40 Hot 100 version came in 1971, when Bobby Vinton released his interpretation as a single. It reached No. 19 on the Billboard singles chart.[7] This version also placed high on Billboard's adult contemporary chart (#2).[8] Vinton arranged the song himself, with a modern sound including a unique bongo opening that made the song stand out from the pack. The success of the single led to Vinton releasing an album, also titled Sealed With A Kiss, that charted as a best seller. This single, which was a follow up to "Every Day of My Life," marked a Vinton comeback in 1971, with the artist appearing on American Bandstand and other television shows on the strength of the single. Billboard ranked it as the No. 87 song for 1971.

Vinton's recording was used in both the trailer and the end credits of the 2007 horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

Jason Donovan version[edit]

"Sealed with a Kiss"
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Single by Jason Donovan
from the album Ten Good Reasons
B-side"Just Call Me Up"
Released29 May 1989
FormatCD maxi, 7" single
Recorded1989
GenrePop rock
Length2:28
LabelPWL
Songwriter(s)Peter Udell, Gary Geld
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Jason Donovan singles chronology
"Too Many Broken Hearts"
(1989)
"Sealed with a Kiss"
(1989)
"Every Day (I Love You More)"
(1989)
Music video
"Sealed with a Kiss" on YouTube

In 1989, Jason Donovan released a cover version as the third single from his debut album, Ten Good Reasons.[9] His version went straight into the UK Singles Chart at number one and stayed there for two weeks, also reaching the top in Finland and Ireland.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 1
France (SNEP)[14] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 1

Notable cover versions[edit]

The American R&B all-girl trio the Toys covered it in 1968 reaching number 43 on the U.S. R&B charts.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moser, John J. "INTERVIEW: 'Sealed with a Kiss' singer Brian Hyland, coming to Easton's State Theatre, says 'American Bandstand' lineup's hits are all 'masterpieces'". Mccall.com. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. ^ James Christopher Monger (1996-03-01). "Teen Dreams - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny (1943-11-12). "Brian Hyland | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sealed with a Kiss". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gary Lewis & the Playboys | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1968-09-02. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  7. ^ "Bobby Vinton | Awards". AllMusic. 1935-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 248.
  9. ^ "Ten Good Reasons - Jason Donovan | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Jason Donovan Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Jason Donovan" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss". Swiss Singles Chart.

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