All by Myself
|"All by Myself"|
|Single by Eric Carmen|
|from the album Eric Carmen|
|Released||December 1, 1975|
|Length||7:15 (album version)
4:22 (single edit)
|Eric Carmen singles chronology|
"All by Myself" is a power ballad by American artist Eric Carmen released in 1975. The verse is based on the second movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. The chorus borrows from the song "Let's Pretend" that Carmen had recorded with the Raspberries in 1972.
The song was the first released on Carmen's first solo LP after leaving the power pop group the Raspberries and was released as the first single in December 1975 to great success. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles and number 3 in Canada. The single sold more than one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976. "All By Myself" was Carmen's first of eight U.S. Top 40 hits. In the UK, however, this was his only Top 40 hit, peaking at number 12. In a 2006 poll for UK's Five programme Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs Eric Carmen's version of this song was voted seventeenth.
Subsequent to the release of the album, Carmen was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and an agreement was reached in which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from "All By Myself" as well as "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", which was based on the third movement from Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.
On his second solo LP, Boats Against the Current, Carmen had a subsequent Top 40 hit entitled "She Did It" which was the antithesis of "All by Myself." It is a happy answer to the loneliness and lovelessness described in this song and its equally melancholy follow-up, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again."
The Carmen version is used in the video introduction for Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour", when an obese and bearded version of the talk show host struggles to cope with losing his job as host of Tonight Show. The Carmen version is also featured in the second season's episode 17 of the 90's popular sitcom Friends (set on Joey & Chandler's friendship), and a season 4 episode of the hit sitcom That 70's Show. It was also featured in the film Under Wraps.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||15|
|Canada Top Single (RPM)||3|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||10|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||6|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||6|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1976)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||40|
|1976||Frank Sinatra||Album Live Unreleased|
|1977||Barry Williams||TV Show The Brady Bunch Variety Hour|
|1977||Hank Williams, Jr.||Album One Night Stands|
|1977||Karel Gott||Version "My Brother Jan" about Czechoslovak student Jan Palach who burned himself to death as a protest against Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
In 2003, Gott sang also the German version "Mein letztes Lied."
|1977||Valeria Lynch||"Olvidame" Spanish version performed by the Argentina singer Valeria Lynch published in the album Mujer|
|1980||Tom Jones||DVD Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas|
|1982||Shirley Bassey||Album All by Myself|
|1987||Luis Miguel||Album Soy Como Quiero Ser|
|1989||Eartha Kitt||Album I'm Still Here ("All by Myself/Beautiful at Forty")|
|1994||Margaret Urlich||Album The Deepest Blue|
|1994||Sheryl Crow||Single "Run Baby Run"|
|1994||Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge||Album Acappella|
|1995||Jewel||Film Clueless. It was left off the soundtrack and never released.|
|1995||Babes in Toyland||Album Nemesisters|
|1995||Jan Werner Danielsen||Album All By Myself|
|1996||Michael Ball||Album First Love|
|1996||Céline Dion||Album Falling into You|
|1996||Jimmy Zámbó||Album Mit akarsz a boldogságtól?|
|1998||Harland Williams||Film Half Baked|
|1999||Marcela Holanová||Album Zůstávám dál|
|2001||Jamie O'Neal||Soundtrack Bridget Jones's Diary|
|2002||Richard Clayderman||Album All by Myself (instrumental)|
|2003||Erika Alcocer Luna||Album La Academia 2. Vol. 11: La Gran Final|
|2003||Giulia Ottonello||Album Amici - I Ragazzi del 2003|
|2004||Ryohei Yamamoto||Single "Set Free"|
|2004||Marco T||Album "Marco T Lirico" (En Concierto- Colombia)|
|2004||Eddie Murphy||Film Shrek 2|
|2005||LaToya London||Album Love & Life|
|2005||Il Divo||Album Ancora|
|2005||Amici Forever||Album Defined|
|2005||Myriam Abel||Nouvelle Star (French Pop Idol)|
|2006||Leona Lewis||The X Factor winner Leona Lewis performed the song in the final.|
|2007||Lazlo Bane||Album Guilty Pleasures|
|2007||Ricardo Montaner||Album Las Mejores Canciones de Mundo|
|2007||John Barrowman||Album Another Side|
|2008||The Rescues||Film Superhero Movie|
|2008||Only Men Aloud!||Album Only Men Aloud!|
|2009||Jayma Mays||TV Show Glee|
|2009||Lucie Bílá||TV Show Miss Czech Republic|
|2009||Monika Absolonová||Zůstávám dál|
|2010||Helene Fischer||Tour "So wie ich bin" / Album "Live - So wie ich bin"|
|2010||Sally Chatfield||The X Factor Australia runner-up Sally Chatfield performed the song on the week 6 Blockbuster Hits theme night|
|2010||Nicola Sedda||Album No Compromise (CDS)|
|2011||Pia Toscano||TV Show American Idol (season 10)|
|2011||Charice||TV Show Glee (season 2)|
|2011||Nur Syafinaz Jebat||TV Show Akademi Fantasia (season 9)|
|2011||Reece Mastin||The X Factor Australia|
|2011||Paul Byrom||This Is The Moment (CD) Shanachie label|
|2011||Roman Veremeychik||The X Factor (Ukraine)|
|2012||Christopher Maloney||The X Factor|
|2012||CeCe Frey||The X Factor USA (season 2)|
|2012||Antal Tímea||The X-faktor Hungary 3rd season|
|2013||Valerio Scanu||Album Valerio Scanu Live in Roma (CD+DVD)|
|2014||Morissette Amon||Mirabella 2nd Theme Song|
Céline Dion version
|"All by Myself"|
|Single by Céline Dion|
|from the album Falling into You|
|Released||October 7, 1996|
|Format||CD single, cassette single|
|Recorded||1995: The Record Plant, Compass Point, Capitol Studios|
|Length||5:09 (album version)
4:30 (single version)
3:54 (radio edit)
|Writer(s)||Eric Carmen, Sergei Rachmaninoff|
Silver (France, UK)
|Céline Dion singles chronology|
One of the more notable cover versions of "All by Myself" was recorded by Céline Dion in 1996. It was the fourth (or third, depending on the country) hit single from her album Falling into You. Produced by David Foster at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas, it was released on October 7, 1996 in Europe, January 13, 1997 in Australia, and March 11, 1997 in North America.
There were three music videos made. The first one was released in October 1996. It contains fragments from Dion's photo session for the Falling into You album cover and some scenes from her Live à Paris concert. It was made for the single version and it was directed by Nigel Dick. The second version was made for the UK market with the same white t-shirt scenes but adding footage of a young couple in love at Christmas time, instead of scenes from Dion's concert. This was made for the album version. Finally, a live music video was released in March 1997 in North America (from the 1996 concert in Montreal).
Dion performed this song many times during world tours, TV shows and music events such as the Grammy Awards (1997), Billboard Music Awards (1997) and Bambi Awards (1996). A performance from her 2008-2009 Taking Chances Tour can be found on the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert DVD/CD. It is currently included in the setlist of Dion's Las Vegas residency show Céline which premiered on March 15, 2011. The song was also performed during the 2013 Sans attendre Tour; the Quebec City performance was included in the Céline... une seule fois / Live 2013 CD/DVD.
Dion recorded also a Spanish version of "All by Myself," called "Sola Otra Vez" (English: By Myself Again). It was added to the Falling into You Latin American/Spanish edition, and as a B-side to other singles from that album. This version became available worldwide on Dion's later compilation The Collector's Series, Volume One. The CD single was released in 1996 in Brazil only. Dion's "Sola Otra Vez" was selected the number one Spanish language cover of an English pop song by TheSpanishVersion.Org.
The "All by Myself" single became one of Dion's biggest hits in the United States, reaching number 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (for three weeks) and the Latin Pop Airplay (two weeks). It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 (number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and number 5 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales). It was also a top 10 hit in France, United Kingdom, Wallonia in Belgium and the Republic of Ireland. In Canada, "All by Myself" was released as a promotional single only, hitting number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. "All by Myself" was certified gold in the U.S. (500,000), and silver in the UK (200,000) and France (165,000).
Dion's cover received mixed to positive reviews. New York Times editor Stephen Holden wrote that the remake, along with "Because You Loved Me," "are the strongest cuts on an album crammed with formulaic romantic bombast." Music.uk.launch.yahoo.com editor, Dan Leroy, wrote: "Trying to out-emote Eric Carmen was almost crazy enough to work." Entertainment Weekly editor Chuck Eddy said:" ...But only in her desolate cover of Eric Carmen's All by Myself does she truly crash through the glass ceiling of passion."
Versions in other languages
- Luis Miguel (1987) - "Perdoname" (Spanish)
- Celine Dion (1999) - "Sola otra vez" (Spanish)
Charts and certifications
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1997)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||49|
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- Austrian Singles Chart
- Belgian Flanders Singles Chart
- Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart
- Dutch Singles Chart
- European Singles Chart
- French Singles Chart
- German Singles Chart
- Irish Singles Chart
- Norwegian Singles Chart
- Swiss Singles Chart
- UK Singles Chart
- Australian Singles Chart
- Canadian BDS Airplay Chart
- Canadian BDS Adult Contemporary Chart
- Top Singles - Volume 65, No. 10, May 12 1997. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- Adult Contemporary - Volume 65, No. 8, April 28 1997. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- New Zealand Singles Chart
- Billboard Hot 100
- Contemporary Tracks
- Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks
- Hot Latin Pop Airplay
- Hot Latin Tracks
- Latin Tropical Airplay
- Rhythmic Top 40
- Top 40 Mainstream
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|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single (Celine Dion version)
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