"Last Kiss" is a song that was released by Wayne Cochran in 1961 on the Gala label. It was unsuccessful chartwise. Cochran subsequently re-recorded his song for the King label in 1963. The song was later revived by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, Wednesday, Pearl Jam, and several international artists, with varying degrees of success. The song was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period in music.
"Last Kiss" was also covered by the American rock band Pearl Jam for the 1999 charity album No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees. It would also appear on the group's 2003 rarities album Lost Dogs.
The idea to cover "Last Kiss" came about after vocalist Eddie Vedder found an old record of the song at the Fremont Antique Mall in Seattle, Washington. He convinced the rest of the band to try out the song and it was performed a few times on the band's 1998 tour. The band eventually recorded the song at a soundcheck at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. and released it as a 1998 fan club Christmas single. The band spent only a couple thousand dollars mixing the song. Bassist Jeff Ament said, "It was the most minimalist recording we've ever done."