"Kissin' Time" is a song by the American singer Bobby Rydell, released in 1959. It was his first released single, and also his first Top-20 hit. The song was written by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann.
Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann, founders of Rydell's label, wrote "Kissin' Time". It quickly became a number 11 hit in the United States and made Rydell(then a 17-year-old teenager) a "teen idol". The success was followed by a tour through Australia with The Everly Brothers, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Marv Johnson, The Champs and The Crickets. Rydell recorded a new version of "Kissin' Time" to fit Australia ("they're kissin' in Sydney. Perth and Brisbane too..."). The song was covered by the hard rock band Kiss in 1974.
In 1974, hard rock band Kiss released their eponymous debut album. The album struggled to stay on the charts and the band was in need of a single that would help the album climb the charts. Neil Bogart, founder of the band's record company Casablanca Records, knew that a catchy single could save the album and ordered the band to record "Kissin' Time", hoping it would achieve the same success like it did with Rydell. It first had to be drastically reworked because of the lines like "They're smoochin' all over, even in St. Lou."
A song with lyrics like the original ones wouldn't fit Kiss' leather-clad style. Kenny Kerner, one of the album producers, said about the reworking of the song: "We sat there, we all had pads and pencils, and we just went around the board. And we went, 'Alright, well... they're Kissin' in'... and somebody would go, 'Detroit'! And we'd go, 'Alright, they're kissin' in Detroit.' And that's how it went. We re-wrote the song in like twenty minutes." The band wasn't thrilled with the decision of the record company about recording the song and the later inclusion of the song to the album in July 1974 but were pressured into doing it.
"Kissin' Time" was released three months after the initial release of the album but wasn't included on the album until July 1974. Sung by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, the song didn't reach anywhere near the success of the original reaching only number 83 on the US Pop Charts and 79 on US Cashbox. Despite the low appearance of the song on charts, Kiss climbed to a relatively high number 87 on charts.
"Kissin' Time" was performed for a short period while the single and promotion were active, and then the band dropped the song until 2006 Rising Sun Tour where they, to the surprise of the fans, performed it along never before played "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em". The song wasn't played ever since.
"Kissin' Time" has appeared on following Kiss albums:
|US Pop Singles||83|