Everybody Loves Somebody

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"Everybody Loves Somebody"
Single by Dean Martin
from the album Everybody Loves Somebody The Hit Version
B-side A Little Voice
Released 1964
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop
Length 2:48
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor, Ken Lane

"Everybody Loves Somebody" is a song written in 1947 by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane. By 1964, the song had already been recorded by several artists (including Frank Sinatra), but without much success. In that year that Lane was playing piano for Dean Martin on his Dream with Dean LP sessions, and with an hour or so of studio time left and one song short, Lane suggested that Martin take a run at his tune. Dean was agreeable, and the small combo of piano, guitar, drums and bass performed a relatively quiet, laid back jazz version of the song. Martin had sung the tune on Bob Hope's radio show in 1948.

Almost immediately thereafter, Martin re-recorded the tune for his next album, this time with an orchestra and chorus. His label, Reprise Records, was so enthusiastic about the hit potential of this version, they even titled the LP Everybody Loves Somebody to capitalize on it.

Although still a major recording artist, Martin had not had a Top 40 hit since 1958. And with the British Invasion ruling the U.S. charts, few had hopes that a middle aged Italian crooner would sway many teenagers. And yet, defying the odds, Everybody Loves Somebody shot straight up to the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the "Easy Listening" chart, the latter for eight weeks.[1] It ultimately replaced "That's Amore" as Martin's signature song, and he sang it as the theme of his weekly television variety show from 1965 until 1974. The song has become so identified with Dean Martin, that later cover versions are invariably compared to his hit take on the tune.

Martin resented rock n' roll, and his attitude created conflict at home with his 14-year-old son Dean Paul Martin, who like many teenagers in the Western world, worshipped The Beatles. He told his son, "I'm gonna' knock your pallies off the charts,"[2] and in August 15, 1964 he did just that: Everybody Loves Somebody knocked the Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" off the number one slot on Billboard. Coincidentally both songs were recorded on the same day, April 16th 1964.

Andy Williams released a version of the song on his 1965 album, Andy Williams' Dear Heart.

The words "Everybody Loves Somebody" appear on Dean Martin's grave marker in Los Angeles.[3]

Claudio Lippi recorded it in Italian in 1966 as "Per Ognuno C'è Qualcuno Sempre," and it became nationally known as his signature song.

The Martin version, along with his version of Gentle on My Mind, were featured in the French spoof of 60s spy films [[OSS 117: Lost in Rio

Deana Martin recorded “Everybody Loves Somebody,” a hit song for her father, Dean Martin, in 2005. The song was released on the album “Memories Are Made Of This” in 2006 by Big Fish Records.

In 2007, the song was remastered as a duet with French musician Charles Aznavour for Dino's album Forever Cool.

References[edit]

  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 158. 
  2. ^ Quoted from Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams by Nick Tosches.
  3. ^ Dean Martin (1917–1995) Retrieved 09-19-11

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Preceded by
"A Hard Day's Night (song)" by The Beatles
Billboard number-one single
August 15, 1964
Succeeded by
"Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes
Preceded by
"The Girl from Ipanema" by Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto
Billboard Pop-Standard Singles number-one single
August 1 – September 19, 1964
Succeeded by
"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" by Gale Garnett