Everybody Loves a Lover

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"Everybody Loves a Lover"
Single by Doris Day
B-side"Instant Love"
LabelColumbia 41195
Songwriter(s)Robert Allen, Richard Adler
Doris Day singles chronology
"A Very Precious Love"
"Everybody Loves a Lover"
"Tunnel of Love"

"Everybody Loves a Lover" is a popular song which was a hit single for Doris Day in 1958. Its lyricist, Richard Adler, and its composer, Robert Allen, were both best known for collaborations with other partners. The music Allen composed, aside from this song, was usually for collaborations with Al Stillman, and Adler wrote the lyrics after the 1955 death of his usual composing partner, Jerry Ross.

Background and Doris Day recording[edit]

The song's genesis was a comment made to Adler by his lawyer: "You know what Shakespeare said: 'All the world loves a lover.'" (In fact, this was a misattribution of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.) Adler and Allen quickly wrote "Everybody Loves a Lover" in New York City. Doris Day and Adler knew each other through Day's having starred in the film version of The Pajama Game whose songs Adler and Ross had written (originally for the stage musical version of The Pajama Game), and Day had mentioned to Adler that she was looking for a new novelty song to record and Allen on a visit to Los Angeles presented "Everybody Loves a Lover" for consideration by Day, her husband-manager Marty Melcher, and Mitch Miller, who headed Columbia Records, for which company Day recorded. Although Day, Melcher and Miller all saw the song's potential as a hit for Day, Melcher made Day's recording of "Everybody Loves a Lover" conditional on the song's copyright being granted to Artists Music, the publishing firm he owned with Day – a condition to which Allen was not agreeable. However, after a few days, Melcher phoned Allen to say that Day would record the song without her and Melcher acquiring its publishing rights.[1]

Day recorded "Everybody Loves a Lover" in May 1958 with Frank DeVol producing and Earl Palmer on drums.[2] Issued as Columbia catalog number 41195, "Everybody Loves a Lover" first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 21, 1958. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at number 6; on the Best Seller chart, at number 17; and on the Hot 100 composite chart, it reached number 14.[3] The Doris Day version is noteworthy for the third verse, in which, through overdubbing, the first four lines of verse 2 are superimposed on the first four lines of verse 1, creating a counterpoint duet. The two segments end on the same word, "Pollyanna", sung in harmony. The song was Day's last big charting hit in the US, although she would hit number 4 in 1964 in the UK with the title song of her then-current movie Move Over, Darling. The Doris Day version of "Everybody Loves a Lover" was used in the soundtrack for the BBC's period drama Call the Midwife.

The Shirelles version and rock and roll remakes[edit]

"Everybody Loves a Lover"
Single by The Shirelles
B-side"I Don't Think So"
LabelScepter 1243
Songwriter(s)Robert Allen, Richard Adler
The Shirelles singles chronology
"It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run)"
"Everybody Loves a Lover"
"Foolish Little Girl"

"Everybody Loves a Lover" was remade by the Shirelles in 1962, reaching #19 in January 1963: this version, the group's final collaboration with producer Luther Dixon, replicates the backbeat and instrumentation of the Barbara George hit "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)".

Besides concurrent covers for the UK market by both the Undertakers and Cliff Bennett, the Shirelles' version of "Everybody Loves a Lover" was also the template for the Sandie Shaw version recorded for her 1965 Sandie album, and also the Peaches and Herb version recorded for their 1967 album For Your Love. Also a live performance by Beryl Marsden of "Everybody Loves a Lover" with the Shirelles' version's arrangement was recorded at the Cavern Club in June 1963 and released on the multi-artist album At The Cavern released 1964. Checkmates, Ltd. released a version of the song as part of a medley on their 1967 debut album, Live! At Caesar's Palace.[4]

Remakes - pop music[edit]

In its original traditional pop format, "Everybody Loves a Lover" has also been recorded by The Angels (whose 1962 version bubbled under the Hot 100 with a #103 peak), Alice Babs (as "Den som glad är" Swedish), Chisu (as "Kellä Kulta, Sillä Onni" Finnish), Sacha Distel (as "Dis! O Dis!" French), Nana Gualdi (as "Junge Leute Brauchen Liebe" German), Jan Howard, Laila Kinnunen (as "Kellä Kulta, Sillä Onni" Finnish), Lill-Babs (as "Den som glad är" Swedish), Angélica María (as "Vivaracho" Spanish), Guy Mitchell, Jane Morgan, Line Renaud (as "Dis! O Dis!" French), and Keely Smith. In 2010 Australian singer Melinda Schneider recorded the song for her Doris Day tribute album Melinda Does Doris. Instrumental versions have been recorded by Joe Loss and Shirley Scott.

On 19 November 2015 a remake of "Everybody Loves a Lover" by Scott Dreier and Jane Monheit was made available for download at the Doris Day Animal Foundation website in return for a $5 donation, all donations thus raised going in their entirety to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the song's publishers as well as the artists having waived any royalties. Recorded at EastWest Studios, the track is a preview of Dreier's upcoming tribute CD The Doris Day Project. [5]


  1. ^ McGee, Garry (2005). Doris Day: Sentimental Journey. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company Incorporated. pp. 33–4. ISBN 978-0786461073.
  2. ^ Scherman, Tony, Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story, foreword by Wynton Marsalis, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1999
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000-11-01). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th Rev. ed.). Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-7690-1.
  4. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., Live! At Caesar's Palace Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Landing Page EBLAL DDAF .indd" (PDF). Dorisdayanimalfoundation.org. Retrieved 2016-08-29.