“Is This Love” is a song by English rock band Whitesnake. It was released in the UK in March 1987 as the second single from their self-titled album.
The single was a hit for Whitesnake, reaching number 9 in the UK Singles Chart and number 2 in the US singles chart, making it their second-biggest US hit after “Here I Go Again” which hit number 1. The number 1 spot at the time was held by “Faith” by George Michael. The single was reissued in 1994 to promote Whitesnake’s Greatest Hits. This version reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.
“Is This Love” has been a mainstay in Whitesnake’s live shows since 1987. As such, it is featured on several of their live albums, including Live: In the Shadow of the Blues(2006) and Live at Donington 1990 (2011). John Sykes played it live in 2004 (Bad Boy Live!).
The song was written by vocalist David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes during the album’s early writing process (which took place in the south of France), but it was long rumoured that the song had originally been written for Tina Turner. Coverdale confirmed these rumours in the booklet of Whitesnake‘s 20th-anniversary edition, by saying:
Before I’d left [for the south of France] a friend at EMI had asked me for any ideas that would work for Tina Turner. So that was where the original idea for “Is This Love” came from.
A music video was also made, featuring Coverdale’s then-girlfriend actress Tawny Kitaen. The music video depicts the band playing the song on a misty stage, intercut with scenes of Coverdale singing, Kitaen dancing and the two of them together. Due to Coverdale firing the other members of the band before the album was released, he is the only Whitesnake member present on both the recording and in the music video; this was the case for all music videos released for songs from the 1987 album.
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