Kiss You All Over (1978)

Time for another round of Throwback Thursday!

This is where we get to listen to some great music from days gone by. 

Today’s music comes to us from 1978.  

Wikipedia tells us this about today’s tune:

"Kiss You All Over" is a 1978 song performed by the group Exile, written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. It was included on the band's album Mixed Emotions, and featured lead vocalist Jimmy Stokley and guitarist J.P. Pennington on vocals.

On the American Top 40 broadcast of May 26, 1979, Casey Kasem reported that Chapman stated his source of inspiration for "Kiss You All Over" was "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" by Barry White.

The song was a number one single in the United States, but proved to be Exile's only big hit in the pop market (they would later have great success on the country music charts). It held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks (starting September 30), and Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1978. The track also reached number-one in at least three other nations.

In the United Kingdom, the song was released on Mickie Most's RAK Records, and peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.  The strings are played with a synthesizer in a backing track. In 2010, Billboard ranked the song ninth on its list of "The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time".

Lead vocalist on the number, Stokley was ousted from the band in 1979, his health declining thereafter until he died at the age of 41 in 1985. The band moved into country music following the synth-pop success of "Kiss You All Over" and the 1979 follow-up hit "You Thrill Me" reached #40 (UK No. 67) and "How Could This Go Wrong", #88 on the charts. "Take Me Down" peaked at #3 on the Euro Hit 40 in the mid-1980s.

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this theme.  If you have a favorite oldies song or artist, let me know and I’d be happy to feature them.


  1. Mary,

    In 1978, I was a junior in high school. I was in the drama class play, Canterville Ghost. I played the maid who did a lot of screaming. December of that year, DH asked for my hand in marriage. It was a great year in my life and for music. Fabulous song pick by Exile!

  2. This was a good song (and it still is).

  3. I loved this song so much when it came out. I used to sing it to my wife at the time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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