Love to Love You Baby (song)

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"Love to Love You Baby"
Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer 1975 US vinyl A-side.jpg
A-side label of US vinyl single
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Love to Love You Baby
B-side "Need-a-Man Blues"
ReleasedJune 1975 (Netherlands, as "Love to Love You")
November 26, 1975 (Worldwide, as "Love to Love You Baby")
Recorded1974 (as "Love to Love You")
May–June 1975; Musicland Studios (Munich, West Germany)
(as "Love to Love You Baby")
Length16:49(Album version)
Label Oasis (United States/Canada)
GTO (United Kingdom)
Polar (Sweden)
Ariola (Spain/Portugal)
Interfusion (Australia)
Atlantic (France/Germany)
Durium (Italy)
Producer(s) Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Little Miss Fit"
"Love to Love You Baby"
"Virgin Mary"

Virgin Mary

Love to Love You Baby

Could It Be Magic


"Love to Love You Baby" (re-issue)

She Works Hard for the Money

"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.

Donna Summer American singer and songwriter

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.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

<i>Love to Love You Baby</i> (album) 1975 studio album by Donna Summer

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. [1]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hall of fame located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home.


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.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

<i>Lady of the Night</i> (album) 1974 studio album by Donna Summer

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.

Giorgio Moroder Italian record producer

Giovanni Giorgio Moroder is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. Dubbed the "Father of Disco", Moroder is credited with pioneering Italo disco and electronic dance music, and his work with synthesizers heavily influenced several music genres such as new wave, techno and house music.

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." [2]

International release and reception

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) [3] 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.

Casablanca Records American recording label

Casablanca Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group and operated under Republic Records. Under its founder Neil Bogart, Casablanca was most successful during the disco era of the mid to late 1970s. The label currently focuses on Dance and Electronic music under the direction of Rob Stevenson and Brett Alperowitz.

Neil E. Bogart was an American record executive. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of Casablanca Records.

Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.

The final recording lasted over 16 minutes, and according to the BBC, contained 23 "orgasms". [3] 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 1976 [4] being 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, [5] as well number three on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. [6]

In the UK, upon release in January 1976, the song reached #4 [7] on 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.

Impact and legacy

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. [8]

Slant Magazine ranked the song 10th in its 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2006. [9]

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." [10]

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." [11]


Track listing and formats

Original Netherlands 7" (Groovy GR 1211)

  1. "Love to Love You" (3:20)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (?)

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)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (4:57)
  2. "Love to Love You Baby" (3:27)

UK 7" (GTO GT 17)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (4:57)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (?)

Germany 7" (Atlantic ATL 10625)

  1. "Love to Love You" (3:20)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (3:09)

NB The word "Baby" appears on the sleeve but not the label

Netherlands 7" (Groovy GR 1218)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby Part I" (3:30)
  2. "Love to Love You Baby Part II" (5:20)

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)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby (Part 1)" (3:27)
  2. "Love to Love You Baby" (Part 2)" (4:57)

Canada 7" (Oasis OC 401X)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (3:22)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (3:12)

Sweden 7" (Polar POS 1209)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (3:21)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (3:10)

Spain 7" (Ariola 16575)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (3:42)
  2. "Need-a-Man Blues" (4:30)

1983 re-issue

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)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (Part One) – 3:35
  2. "Love to Love You Baby" (Part Two) – 4:12

UK 12" (Casablanca CANX 1014)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (Come On Over to My Place Version) – 16:50
  2. "Love to Love You Baby" (Come Dancing Version) – 8:10 (A Young and Strong mega-edit)

NB: The "Come On Over to My Place Version" is in fact the original full-length album version

1990 re-release

Germany CD single (Casablanca 874 395-2)

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" – 4:15
  2. "I Feel Love" – 5:39
  3. "Bad Girls" – 3:54
  4. "On the Radio" (long version) – 5:51

2013 release

  1. "Love to Love You Baby" (Giorgio Moroder Remix) (featuring Chris Cox) (4:15)


Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [33] Gold5,000^
United States (RIAA) [34] Gold1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions and samples

See also

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