Calling Dr. Love

Infobox Single
Name = Calling Dr. Love

Artist = Kiss
from Album = Rock and Roll Over
Released = February 13, 1977 (US)
Format = 7"
Recorded = Record Plant Studios,
New York City: 1976
Genre = Hard rock
Length = 3 min 02 sec
Label = Casablanca NB-880 (US)
Producer = Eddie Kramer
Last single = "Hard Luck Woman" / "Mr. Speed"
This single = "Calling Dr. Love" / "Take Me"
Next single = "Christine Sixteen" / "Shock Me"
(1977) |

"Calling Dr. Love" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1976 album "Rock and Roll Over". The song was written by Kiss bassist/lead vocalist Gene Simmons. It was the second single released from the album, and the group's fourth US Top 20 single, reaching #16 in Billboard. The song's title came from Gene Simmons' recollection of a Three Stooges short called Men in Black, containing an announcement over a hospital intercom, "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard", meaning Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively.

A live version of the song was included on "Alive II", released later in 1977. Since then, "Calling Dr. Love" has appeared on numerous Kiss compilation albums. In 2003, it appeared on Kiss's fifth live album, "".

In 1994, the song was recorded and re-arranged by the one-off supergroup Shandi's Addiction (vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Billy Gould, and drummer Brad Wilk) as part of the Kiss tribute album "". The band's name was taken from "Shandi," a song from the 1980 Kiss album "Unmasked".

The song was released as downloadable content in the music video game "Rock Band".

The song also featured in the setlist of the Kiss Alive 35 tour in 2008.

British wrestling ring announcer and former wrestler, 'Sweet' Stevie Aaron uses the song as his entrance theme.


In 1996, the Industrial rock band The Electric Hellfire Club covered the song on their album "Calling Dr. Luv", renaming the album and song to reflect the name of their keyboardist "The Rev. Dr. Luv" who had recently passed away, which the album was dedicated to.


*Gene Simmons - lead vocals/bass guitar
*Ace Frehley - lead guitar
*Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar/backing vocals
*Peter Criss - drums

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