Book of Love were a dance-pop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that consisted of lead singer Susan Ottaviano, singer\keyboardist\songwriter, Ted Ottaviano (no relation to Susan), singer\keyboardist Lauren Roselli, and singer\keyboardist Jade Lee.

Ted and Susan had been friends since high school and worked with Susan’s Philadelphia College of Art roommate, Jade. In 1984, Ted recruited Lauren and Book of Love was formed. 

In 1985, Book of Love released their first single, “Boy” which peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was given to DJ Ivan Ivan, who forwarded it to Sire Records president, Seymour Stein. Impressed, Stein signed Book of Love to the record label. 

The second single,  a remixed version of “You Make Me Feel So Good” peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The group released their third single, “I Touch Roses” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #26 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In 1986, Book of Love released their self-titled debut album. The album didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts. Susan and Ted wrote the music and songs for the album. The fourth single, “Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The remixed version [called “Modigliani (Requiem Mass)”] peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The remixed version was featured on an episode of “Miami Vice” on November 6, 1987 and the original version was featured in the movie, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” Book of Love gained their first public exposure as the opening act on Depeche Mode’s “Black Celebration” tour for two years as well as headlining their own tour.

In 1988, Book of Love released their sophomore album, “Lullaby” which peaked at #156 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

The lead single, “Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls” peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The second single from the album, “Lullaby” peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The last single from the album, “Witchcraft” failed to make the charts.

In 1991, Book of Love released their third album, “Candy Carol” which peaked at #174 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The first single from the album, “Alice Everyday” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #21 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The follow-up singles, “Counting the Rosaries” and “Sunny Day” failed to make the charts at all. “Sunny Day” was featured in the movie, “Silence of the Lambs” where Lauren had a scene with Jodie Foster. Lauren also appeared in the 1993 Tom Hanks movie, “Philadelphia.”

In 1993, Book of Love released their last album to date, “Lovebubble” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.

The only single to chart was “Boy Pop” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The follow-up single, “Hunny Hunny”/”Chatterbox Pt. 2” didn’t chart at all. A song from the album, “Enchanted” was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Naked in New York.”

After that, Book of Love disbanded. In 2001, a retrospective album, “I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love” which included a new remix of their first single, “Boy” which topped the dance charts. In 2009, Book of Love reunited for a one-night only show in New York City at the Highline Ballroom.

To see Book of Love’s website, go to:
http://www.bookoflovemusic.com/

To see the music video for “Boy,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqzVb1iWag

To see the music video for “You Make Me Feel So Good,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGcsPMyKugM

To see a fan-made video for “I Touch Roses,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivq0HeLVI8M

To see a fan-made music video for “Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuQtZvPwBkA

To see a fan-made video for “Modigliani (Requiem Mass),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo6wam3bFtY

To see the music video for “Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0hCI8njZl0

To see a fan-made video for “Lullaby,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBccgAJt6ps

To see a fan-made video for “Witchcraft,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1aq9zMMOxY

To see the music video for “Alice Everyday,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7toSJa-2jw

To see a fan-made video for “Counting the Rosaries,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFYlQtJI8Ic

To see a fan-made video for “Sunny Day,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KejaTbKI_kw

To see the music video for “Boy Pop,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53zg7Yjrv5w&ob

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