I've Got to Be Somebody

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"I've Got to Be Somebody"
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Down in the Boondocks
B-side "You Make Me Feel Like A Man"
Released 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:59
Label Columbia Records 43465
Writer(s) Joe South
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"I Knew You When"
"I've Got to Be Somebody"
"It's a Good Time"

"I've Got to Be Somebody" is a song written by Joe South and was recorded by Billy Joe Royal for his 1965 album, Down in the Boondocks.[1] It was released as a single in December 1965 and the song reached #38 on The Billboard Hot 100 in January 1966.[2] The song reached #15 on the Canadian chart the same month.[3]

Joe South later released a version of the song.[4]


  1. ^ Billy Joe Royal, Down in the Boondocks Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Billy Joe Royal Charting Singles Retrieved September 22, 2012
  3. ^ Top Singles - Volume 4, No. 20, January 10 1966 Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Joe South, Goin Up The Country Retrieved September 22, 2012.