‘Though we gotta say goodbye, for the summer
Baby I promise you this
I’ll send you all my love every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss…
Yes it’s gonna be a cold, lonely summer
But I’ll fill the emptiness
I’ll send you all my dreams every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss…
A Love “Sealed With A Kiss”
Written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld, “Sealed with a Kiss” was the most successful hit single for Brian Hyland in 1962.
Hyland recalls Geld saying the song was “based on, but not totally based on, a Bach finger exercise.”
The original recording of “Sealed With a Kiss” was that by The Four Voices which was released as a single in May of 1960. However, it did not become a hit.
Brian Hyland’s Version
In 1962, Brian Hyland, who often performed Udell and Geld’s material, covered the song. Hyland’s single began its run on June 6, 1962, and became a hit. It reached no. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.
Hyland said in 1000 UK no. 1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh,
“Sealed With A Kiss was recorded about a year before I did it by The Four Voices, who had a sound like The Brothers Four. It dragged and didn’t have any life in it, so it wasn’t a hit. I told them we should do it. Gary Geld was a classically trained musician and he had been inspired to write it from a finger exercise for the piano.”
In the original Brian Hyland recording, the personnel included Mundell Lowe, Al Caiola on guitar, Gary Geld on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Blackie Shackner on harmonica and Gary Chester on drums and Sticks Evans and Al Rogers on percussion.
Re-released in 1975, Hyland’s recording charted in the UK at No. 7. In addition, Hyland recorded a version in German.
Bobby Vinton’s Version
A third Top 40 Hot 100 version came in 1972 when Bobby Vinton released a single. It reached no. 19 in the Billboard Singles chart. This version also placed no. 2 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Moreover, Vinton arranged the song himself, with a modern sound including a unique bongo opening that made the song stand out from the pack.
The success of the single led to the release of an album, also titled Sealed With A Kiss that charted as a best seller. This single, which was a follow up to “Every Day of My Life” marked a Vinton comeback in 1972, with the artist appearing on American Bandstand and other television shows.
Billboard ranked it as the no. 87 song for 1972. Vinton’s recording was used in both the trailer and end credits of the 2007 horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.