Exile, originally known as The Exiles, is an American band. They originally began as a pop rock group, hitting the peak of their success in 1978 with the rock pop ballad hit “Kiss You All Over”. Soon thereafter, they reinvented themselves as a country music band and have since had a string of number one country singles to their credit.
The band changed musical styles throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. They shortened their name to Exile in 1973 and released their eponymous debut album through Wooden Nickel Records that same year. Singles released from the album proved unsuccessful, and it would be a good five years before the band released a full-length follow-up album.
In 1977, the band released the single “Try it On” on Atco Records, and it became a minor hit. The following year, Mike Chapman, an Australian who had established himself as a record producer in England, came to the United States in search of an experienced group who wrote their own material. Chapman heard an Exile demo and went to their next concert. Chapman evidently enjoyed what he saw. He and Exile decided to collaborate and together they produced the Mixed Emotions album on Warner/Curb Records. The first single release from that album was “Kiss You All Over.” The single reached Billboard’s Top 40 on 5 August, 1978. It remained on the chart for seventeen weeks and was #1 for four weeks in September. It was a best-seller for six months.
” was a number one single in the United States during 1978 by the group Exile. It was included on the band’s album Mixed Emotions, and it featured primarily the late Jimmy Stokley on lead vocals (although guitarist J.P. Pennington also had some lead vocal parts). This song would prove to be Exile’s only big hit in the pop rock market; Stokley would leave the band in 1979, and the remaining members would take a decidedly more country direction with the dawning of the 1980s.
The song would appear in the 1996 Adam Sandler film Happy Gilmore. It was also used in 2007 on CBC‘s Hockey Night In Canada during a montage of Stanley Cup celebrations at the conclusion of the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Exile – I Wanna Kiss You All Over (1978)
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