All by Myself

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"All by Myself"
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Eric Carmen
B-side "Everything"
Released December 1, 1975[1]
Format Single
Genre Pop[2]
Length 7:15 (album version)
4:22 (single edit)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Eric Carmen
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"All by Myself"
(1975)
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
(1976)

"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.[3]

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.[4] "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.[5][6]

Carmen's original version has spawned numerous cover versions by such artists as Céline Dion, Frank Sinatra, Igudesman & Joo and Il Divo.

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 15
Canada Top Single (RPM) 3
Ireland (IRMA) 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 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[edit]

End of year chart (1976) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 40

Notable covers[edit]

Year Artist/group Notes
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.[citation needed]
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[edit]

"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
Genre
Length 5:09 (album version)
4:30 (single version)
3:54 (radio edit)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Eric Carmen, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Producer(s) David Foster
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Silver (France, UK)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"The Power of the Dream"
(1996)
"All by Myself"
(1996)
"Les derniers seront les premiers"
(1996)

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

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).

The track was included on some editions of Dion's greatest hits All the Way… A Decade of Song in 1999 and on My Love: Essential Collection in 2008.

This version also features on the ITV game show Take Me Out if the contestant leaves the show without a date.

Critical reception[edit]

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."[14] Music.uk.launch.yahoo.com editor, Dan Leroy, wrote: "Trying to out-emote Eric Carmen was almost crazy enough to work."[15] 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."[16]

Versions in other languages[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[17] 27
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[18] 14
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[19] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[20] 35
European Singles Chart[21] 15
French Singles Chart[22] 5
German Singles Chart[23] 55
Irish Singles Chart[24] 8
Norwegian Singles Chart[25] 15
Swiss Singles Chart[26] 36
UK Singles Chart[27] 6
Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[28] 38
Canadian BDS Airplay Chart[29] 9
Canadian BDS Adult Contemporary Chart[30] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[31] 7
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[32] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[33] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 4
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[35] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[36] 12
US Billboard Hot Latin Pop Airplay[37] 1
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[38] 5
US Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay[39] 4
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[40] 33
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[41] 7

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[42] 49

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
France Silver[43]
United Kingdom Silver[44]
United States Gold[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogya, Bernie (2005). ""All By Myself" 30th Anniversary". EricCarmen.com. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  2. ^ All by Myself - Eric Carmen on AllMusic
  3. ^ Gordon Pogoda (1991). "An Interview with Eric Carmen". ericcarmen.com. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ RIAA - Gold and Platinum - Search Results - Eric Carmen singles
  5. ^ Soeder, John. "One Lonely Song, But Many Voices Keep Eric Carmen's Tear-Jerker in Rotation" The Plain Dealer February 12, 2006: J1
  6. ^ Vandeventer, Mary. "Symphony Promises a Crowd Pleaser" The Beaumont Enterprise January 19, 2007
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Carmen – All By Myself" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eric Carmen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Carmen – All By Myself". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1976". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  11. ^ Falling into You. Retrieved January 31, 1996.
  12. ^ http://www.celinedion.com/ca/music/c%C3%A9line-une-seule-fois-live-2013-2cddvd
  13. ^ "LOS DIEZ: The Spanish Version's Ten Best". 
  14. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/14/arts/new-releases-073873.html?ref=stephenholden
  15. ^ http://music.uk.launch.yahoo.com/read/review/12030099
  16. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,291693,00.html
  17. ^ Austrian Singles Chart
  18. ^ Belgian Flanders Singles Chart
  19. ^ Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart
  20. ^ Dutch Singles Chart
  21. ^ European Singles Chart
  22. ^ French Singles Chart
  23. ^ German Singles Chart
  24. ^ Irish Singles Chart
  25. ^ Norwegian Singles Chart
  26. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  27. ^ UK Singles Chart
  28. ^ Australian Singles Chart
  29. ^ Canadian BDS Airplay Chart
  30. ^ Canadian BDS Adult Contemporary Chart
  31. ^ Top Singles - Volume 65, No. 10, May 12 1997. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  32. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 65, No. 8, April 28 1997. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  33. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart
  34. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  35. ^ Contemporary Tracks
  36. ^ Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks
  37. ^ Hot Latin Pop Airplay
  38. ^ Hot Latin Tracks
  39. ^ Latin Tropical Airplay
  40. ^ Rhythmic Top 40
  41. ^ Top 40 Mainstream
  42. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  43. ^ "Certifications Singles Argent - année 1996". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 1996-12-12. 
  44. ^ "Certified awards search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  45. ^ "Gold & platinum searchable database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Machine" by Miracles
Cash Box Top 100 singles (Eric Carmen version)
March 13, 1976
Succeeded by
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by The Four Seasons
Preceded by
"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single (Celine Dion version)
April 12, 1997 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"For the First Time" by Kenny Loggins
Preceded by
"Azúcar Amargo" by Fey
Billboard Latin Pop Airplay number-one single (Celine Dion version)
May 10, 1997 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sólo en Ti" by Enrique Iglesias