|"Love to Love You Baby"|
A-side label of US vinyl single
|Single by Donna Summer|
|from the album Love to Love You Baby|
|Released||June 1975 (Netherlands, as "Love to Love You")|
November 26, 1975 (Worldwide, as "Love to Love You Baby")
|Recorded||1974 (as "Love to Love You")|
May–June 1975; Musicland Studios (Munich, West Germany)
(as "Love to Love You Baby")
|Label|| Oasis (United States/Canada)|
GTO (United Kingdom)
|Donna Summer singles chronology|
"Love to Love You Baby" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her second studio album Love to Love You Baby (1975). Produced by Pete Bellotte, and written by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder, Summer, and Bellotte, the song was first released as a single in the Netherlands on June 1975 as "Love to Love You" and then released worldwide on November 1975 as "Love to Love You Baby". It became one of the first disco hits to be released in an extended form.
LaDonna Adrian Gaines, widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 230 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the US and a number-one single in the United Kingdom.
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Love to Love You Baby is the second studio album by American singer Donna Summer, released on August 27, 1975 and her first to be released internationally and in the United States. Her previous album Lady of the Night (1974) was released only in the Netherlands.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named it one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, Summer's only selection on this list.
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By 1975, Summer had been living in Germany for eight years and had participated in several musical theatre shows. She had also released an album in The Netherlands entitled Lady of the Night (1974), written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte and produced by Bellotte, which had given her a couple of hit singles. She was still a complete unknown in her home country when she suggested the lyric "Love to Love You Baby" to Moroder in 1975. He turned the lyric into a full disco song and asked Summer to record it. The full lyrics were somewhat explicit, and at first, Summer said she would only record it as a demo to give to someone else. However, Summer's erotic moans and groans impressed Moroder so much that he persuaded her to release it as her own song, and "Love to Love You" became a moderate hit in the Netherlands.
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Lady of the Night is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer, released on February 26, 1974. The album, which was produced by Pete Bellotte, was released only in The Netherlands, and spawned the minor hit singles "The Hostage" and "Lady of the Night" in that country. The songs, written by the Moroder/Bellotte team, are mostly of the pop/rock/folk variety. The track "Lady of the Night" is popular in Germany, receiving air time on radio stations that feature classics of the sixties and seventies. Being formerly married to an Austrian, Donna Summer was a fluent German speaker and recorded a number of songs in that language.
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In an interview in 1976, Summer responded to a number of questions that she claimed she'd been asked about the process of recording the song: "Everyone's asking, 'Were you alone in the studio?' Yes, I was alone in the studio. 'Did you touch yourself?' Yes, well, actually I had my hand on my knee. 'Did you fantasize on anything?' Yes, on my handsome boyfriend Peter."
A tape of the song was sent to Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart in the U.S., and he played it at a party at his home. Impressed with the track, Bogart continued to play it over and over all night. He later contacted Moroder and suggested that he make the track longer - possibly as long as 20 minutes. However, Summer again had reservations; she wasn't sure of all of the lyrics. Nevertheless, she imagined herself as an actress (namely Marilyn Monroe)playing the part of someone in sexual ecstasy. The studio lights were dimmed so that Summer was more or less in complete darkness as she lay on the floor.
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The final recording lasted over 16 minutes, and according to the BBC, contained 23 "orgasms".By that point, the song was renamed "Love to Love You Baby". It took up the entire first side of the album of the same name, and edited versions were also found on 7" vinyl.
Originally released in November 1975, the song became an international disco smash. In the U.S., it became Summer's first US Top 40 hit, spending two weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 7 & 14 1976being held off the number one spot by Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and logged four weeks atop the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, as well number three on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
In the UK, upon release in January 1976, the song reached #4on the UK Singles Chart in spite of the BBC's initial refusal to promote it. They also refused to play it. As a result of the success of the song, Summer would be named "the first lady of love," which labeled her with a sexually oriented, fantasy image from which she would struggle to free herself.
Casablanca Records became responsible for the distribution of Summer's work in the U.S. Bogart was particularly keen for Summer to portray the image of the rich, powerful, sexy fantasy figure with which this song had labeled her. Bogart and his wife Joyce (who also became Summer's manager) would become close friends with Summer once she returned to the United States. However, Bogart also began interfering with aspects of Summer's personal and professional life. She would later become a born-again Christian, leave disco, Casablanca and the Bogarts behind, and file a lawsuit against them. Thereafter, Summer decided to exclude "Love to Love You Baby" from her concert playlists. However, she reintroduced the song into her concert repertoire some 25 years later.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named the song one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll in 1995.
VH1 placed "Love to Love You Baby" at #63 in their list of 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000.
Slant Magazine ranked the song 10th in its 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2006.
Marked by "little more than Donna Summer simulating an orgasm over a background of blaxploitation cymbals, wah-wah guitars, a funky-butt clarinet riff, and some synth chimes, "Love to Love You Baby" […] was extended into a seventeen-minute minisymphony at the behest of Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart, who wanted a soundtrack for his sexual exploits. The song reached number two in the American charts and was largely responsible for the development of the twelve inch single."
Donna Summer has since been forced to stop performing "Love to Love You" live because, "Riots broke out [...] [She] was in a tent in Italy, 5,000 men, almost no women, and was doing 'Love to Love You, Baby,' fairly scantily clad, and the guys got so wrapped up that they began to push the stage back. And [she] had to run off the stage, to [her] trailer out the back. And they came to the trailer and started to rock it. [She] just thought, 'I'm going to die today, I'm not going to get out of here.' It's not the kind of song you just want to throw out there."
Original Netherlands 7" (Groovy GR 1211)
NB This original release (without the "Baby" in the title) ran for just over 3 minutes and 20 seconds. This version was integrated into the 16-minute version found on the album. All subsequent international releases either contained a new edit of the full album version (lasting just under five minutes) or the original version (but still adding "Baby" to the title). In some cases (for example, the United States), both versions were found on different sides of the record.
US 7" (Oasis OC 401)
UK 7" (GTO GT 17)
Germany 7" (Atlantic ATL 10625)
NB The word "Baby" appears on the sleeve but not the label
Netherlands 7" (Groovy GR 1218)
NB This Dutch re-release was issued shortly after the song became a hit internationally, with "Baby" being added to the title
France 7" (Atlantic 10.693)
Canada 7" (Oasis OC 401X)
Sweden 7" (Polar POS 1209)
Spain 7" (Ariola 16575)
Following the dance chart success of the Patrick Cowley remix of Summer's "I Feel Love" in 1982, Casablanca Records/PolyGram re-issued her first hit single "Love to Love You Baby". However, the single failed to make an impact on the charts the second time around, and it would be the label's final single re-release of tracks from the Donna Summer back catalog in the 1980s. In 1984, Casablanca Records was closed by PolyGram.
UK 7" (Casablanca CAN 1014)
UK 12" (Casablanca CANX 1014)
NB: The "Come On Over to My Place Version" is in fact the original full-length album version
Germany CD single (Casablanca 874 395-2)
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||5,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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