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Love & Kisses was a 1970s disco group assembled by European producer Alec Costandinos, with a variety of male/female singers.
After collaborating on Cerrone’s debut album Love In C Minor (1976), Costandinos assembled Love & Kisses in early 1977, and shortly after the group released their first album, which contained just two songs – and so was also classed as a double A-side single. These were “Accidental Lover” and “I Found Love (Now That I Have Found You)”, which combined orchestral sounds, classical influences and a disco arrangement. The single charted at #1 for three weeks on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The following year saw the release of their second album entitled How Much, How Much I Love You, (title track covered side one, “Beauty and the Beast” completed side two) utilising the same basic formula. Both songs became top five disco hits. This was followed closely by the group’s biggest hit, “Thank God It’s Friday”, the title song from the movie. It peaked at #23 R&B, #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 for six weeks on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The soundtrack, which featured Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and the Commodores “Too Hot Ta Trot”, was nominated for several Grammy Awards.
Their third and final album, You Must Be Love was released in 1979, but met with less success. Shortly thereafter the group disassembled.
- 1977 Love and Kisses
- 1978 How Much, How Much I Love You
- 1979 You Must Be Love