To Love Somebody (song)
|"To Love Somebody"|
|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album Bee Gees' 1st|
|B-side||"Close Another Door"|
|Released||June 1967 (United Kingdom)
July 1967 (United States)
August 1967 (Australia, New Zealand)
|Genre||Blue eyed soul, baroque pop|
|Label||Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
|Writer(s)||Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb|
|Producer(s)||Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne|
|Bee Gees UK singles chronology|
"To Love Somebody" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Produced by Robert Stigwood, it was the second single released by the Bee Gees from their international debut album, Bee Gees 1st, in 1967. The single reached No.17 in the United States and No.41 in the United Kingdom. The song's B-side was "Close Another Door" The single was reissued in 1980 on RSO Records with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" as its flipside.
The song has been recorded by many other musicians, including Nina Simone whose version reached No.5 in the UK in 1969, and Michael Bolton whose recording reached No.11 in the US and No.16 in the UK in 1992.
Origins and lyrics
"To Love Somebody" is a soul ballad recorded by the Bee Gees.
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At the request of Robert Stigwood, the band's manager, Barry and Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody", a soulful ballad in the style of Sam & Dave or The Rascals, for Otis Redding. The Bee Gees recorded "To Love Somebody" at IBC Studios, London in March 1967 and released it as a single in mid-July 1967 in the US. Redding died in an aeroplane crash later that year, before having a chance to record the song. The song was recorded around April 1967 with "Gilbert Green" and "End of My Song" at the IBC Studios in London, England.
Robin said, "Everyone told us what a great record they thought it was, Other groups all raved about it but for some reason people in Britain just did not seem to like it". Barry said "I think the reason it didn't do well here was because it's a soul number, Americans loved it, but it just wasn't right for this country".
Barry Gibb explained in a June 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:
It was for Robert. I say that unabashedly. He asked me to write a song for him, personally. It was written in New York and played to Otis but, personally, it was for Robert. He meant a great deal to me. I don't think it was a homosexual affection but a tremendous admiration for this man's abilities and gifts.
The simple title refrain of the chorus, "You don't know what it's like, Baby, you don't know what it's like, To love somebody...the way I love you" has the effect of being at once heartbreaking and triumphant, a self-pitying put-down to an unrequited love. "There's... a certain kind of light that never shone on me... You ain't got to be so blind, I'm a man, can't you see what I am?, I live and breathe for you, But what good does that do, If I ain't got you?".
|1980 single reissue|
|1.||"To Love Somebody"||3:02|
|2.||"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"|
- Barry Gibb - lead vocals, guitar
- Robin Gibb - harmony vocals, organ
- Maurice Gibb - bass, guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, mellotron
- Vince Melouney - guitar
- Colin Petersen - drums
- Bill Shepherd - orchestral arrangement
|Australia ARIA Singles Chart||6|
|Belgium Singles Chart||8|
|Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart||9|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||63|
|Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts||13|
|UK Singles Chart||41|
|US Billboard Hot 100||17|
Michael Bolton version
|End of year chart (1993)||Position|
|US Billboard Hot 100||83|
Michael Bublé version
|Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)||13|
One of the most famous Gibb compositions, "To Love Somebody" is now considered a pop standard and has been covered by many artists, most notably:
- Clay Aiken
- P.P. Arnold
- The Black Crowes 
- Blue Rodeo
- Michael Bublé on his 2013 album To Be Loved
- Kim Carnes on the album Rest on Me
- James Carr
- The Chambers Brothers
- Leonard Cohen
- Billy Corgan feat. Robert Smith found on the 2005 album TheFutureEmbrace
- Billy "Crash" Craddock from 1989's Back on Track; peaked at number 91 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada
- The Flying Burrito Brothers
- Tom Jones (singer)
- Janis Joplin on the 1969 album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap on their 1968 album, Woman, Woman
- Billy Joe Royal
- Nina Simone on the album To Love Somebody, and reached #5 in UK.
- Rod Stewart with Booker T. & the M.G.'s
- Bonnie Tyler on the 1988 album Hide Your Heart
Hank Williams Jr "Family Tradition"
"To Love Somebody" has been used in several movies including:
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- Show 49 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees, and the Who. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - To Love Somebody (1980 reissue)".
- Melinda Bilyeu, Hector Cook, Andrew Môn Hughes (2004). The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-1-84449-057-8, p. 134.
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967".
- Hughes, Andrew. Bee Gees: Tales Of The Brothers Gibb. ISBN 9780857120045. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- Songfacts.com. "To Love Somebody - Bee Gees".
- Janovitz, Bill. "Bee Gees - To Love Somebody". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 20. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Download The Black Crowes 9/3/08, BC Roadshow, Victoria, BC MP3 and FLAC". Liveblackcrowes. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. 3 March 1990. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Woman, Woman Retrieved 28 September 2011
- Billy Joe Royal, "To Love Somebody" Retrieved 23 September 2012.
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