You Might Need Somebody

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"You Might Need Somebody" is a 1980 song by Tom Snow and Nan O'Byrne, first recorded by American singer and guitarist Turley Richards. His version reached number 54 in the US, but the song is best known from Randy Crawford's 1981 version which was successful world wide and was critically acclaimed for its arrangement and musicianship.

Randy Crawford version[edit]

"You Might Need Somebody"
You Might Need Somebody 1981.jpg
Single by Randy Crawford
from the album Secret Combination
B-side"You Bring The Sun Out"
Released1981
GenreR&B
Length4:17
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Nan O'Byre, Tom Snow
Producer(s)Tommy LiPuma
Randy Crawford singles chronology
"When I Lose My Way"
(1981)
"You Might Need Somebody"
(1981)
"Rainy Night In Georgia"
(1981)

In 1981, Randy Crawford recorded her version of "You Might Need Somebody" for her album Secret Combination. It was the second single released from this album. Her version reached no. 11 on the UK Singles Chart, making it her fourth highest charting single on that chart.[1]

Joe Walsh version[edit]

In 1991, Joe Walsh released his rock version of "You Might Need Somebody" on his ninth studio album Ordinary Average Guy.

Shola Ama version[edit]

"You Might Need Somebody"
You Might Need Somebody 1997.jpg
Single by Shola Ama
from the album Much Love
Released7 April 1997
GenrePop, R&B
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)Nan O'Byrne, Tom Snow
Producer(s)D'Influence
Shola Ama singles chronology
"You're The One I Love"
(1996)
"You Might Need Somebody"
(1997)
""You're The One I Love" (Re-Issue)"
(1997)
Music video
"You Might Need Somebody" on YouTube

In 1997, Shola Ama recorded a version of the song featured on her debut album, Much Love. Her version reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and became a top-ten hit in France, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1997) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 28
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[5] 25
France (SNEP)[6] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 21
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[8] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 8
Poland (LP3)[13] 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 4
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[18] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
France (SNEP)[19] 48
Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 83
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 36

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 250,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 125. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (17.07.1997 - 23.07.1997)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – You Might Need Somebody". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 31, 1997" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Notowanie nr815" (in Polish). LP3. 12 September 1997. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Classement Singles - année 1997" (in French). Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Single 1997" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1997". Music Week. 17 January 1998. p. 27.
  23. ^ "French single certifications – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 April 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type You Might Need Somebody in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.