About the song

If you are a fan of Dean Martin, you probably know his signature song “Everybody Loves Somebody”. But do you know the history behind this classic tune? In this blog post, we will explore how this song was written, recorded and became a hit for the legendary crooner.

“Everybody Loves Somebody” was written in 1947 by Irving Taylor and pianist Ken Lane, who was also Martin’s conductor and piano player. The song was originally intended for Martin’s friend and fellow Rat Pack member Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1948 but failed to make an impact. The song was also recorded by other singers like Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, but none of them could turn it into a hit.

It was not until 1964 that Martin decided to give the song a try. He was recording his album Dream with Dean and needed one more song to complete it. Lane suggested that Martin sing his old song “Everybody Loves Somebody”. Martin agreed and recorded a simple version with just Lane on piano, a bass player, a guitar and drums. The reaction to the song on the album was so great that Martin went back to the studio and re-recorded it with a full orchestra and chorus for a single release.

The new version of “Everybody Loves Somebody” was a smash hit. It knocked The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” off the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 15, 1964. It also topped the Pop-Standard Singles chart for eight weeks. It became Martin’s theme song for his TV show The Dean Martin Show, which ran from 1965 to 1974. The song has become so identified with Martin that it appears on his grave marker in Los Angeles.

“Everybody Loves Somebody” is a timeless song that showcases Martin’s smooth voice and charming personality. It is a song that celebrates love and happiness, and reminds us that everybody loves somebody sometime.