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||Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne|
|Bee Gees UK singles chronology|
"To Love Somebody" is the second single released by the Bee Gees from their international debut album, Bee Gees 1st. It was written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb, Produced by Robert Stigwood. The song's B-side was "Close Another Door"
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 U.S. 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|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||83|
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
- The Chambers Brothers
- The Animals (1968)
- P. P. Arnold (1968)
- Jimmy Barnes
- The Baronets
- The Black Crowes 
- Blue Rodeo
- Michael Bolton
- Busty Brown & The Upsetters
- Michael Buble on his 2013 album To Be Loved
- Kim Carnes on the album Rest on Me
- James Carr
- Klarisse de Guzman
- Eagle-Eye Cherry (on Y tu mamá también soundtrack)
- Joe Cocker
- 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
- Roberta Flack on the 1971 album Quiet Fire
- The Flying Burrito Brothers
- Gallon Drunk
- Ima on the album Precious
- Tom Jones
- Janis Joplin on the 1969 album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
- Ronan Keating feat. Brian McFadden
- Sandy Lam on the 1997 album Wonderful World
- Lulu (November 1967)
- Miguel Mateos, plays in live shows
- Kathi McDonald on the 1974 album Insane Asylum
- The Mighty Sparrow
- Little Milton on the 1998 Malaco album For Real
- Johnny O'Keefe
- Gram Parsons
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap on their 1968 album, Woman, Woman
- Damien Rice & Ray LaMontagne
- Johnny Rodriguez on his 1979 album "Sketches"
- Billy Joe Royal
- Silver Ginger 5
- Nina Simone on the album To Love Somebody, and reached #5 in UK.
- Jimmy Somerville covered the song and his version reached #8 in the UK.
- Jordin Sparks
- Dusty Springfield
- Rod Stewart with Booker T. & the M.G.'s
- The Sweet Inspirations
- Bonnie Tyler on the 1988 album Hide Your Heart
- Hank Williams, Jr. on the 1979 album Family Tradition
- Scott Matthew (2013)
"To Love Somebody" has been used in several movies including:
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - To Love Somebody (original issue)".
- 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 2010-08-27.
- "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. March 3, 1990. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Woman, Woman Retrieved September 28, 2011
- Billy Joe Royal, "To Love Somebody" Retrieved September 23, 2012.
"I Will Be Here for You" by Michael W. Smith
|Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (Michael Bolton version)
November 14–21, 1992
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston