To Love Somebody (song)

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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. [7] Redding came to see Barry at the Plaza in New York City one night. Robin claimed that "Otis Redding said he loved our material and would Barry write him a song". [8]

The Bee Gees recorded "To Love Somebody" at IBC Studios, London with "Gilbert Green" and "End of My Song" in April 1967 and released it as a single in mid-June. Redding died in a plane crash later that year, before having a chance to record the song.

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". [9]

Barry Gibb explained in a June 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:

It was for Robert (Stigwood). 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. [10]


Billboard described the single as a "smooth, easy beat ballad" that "should put them right back up there at the top of the Hot 100." [11] Record World said that it "is well written; the group, the Gee Bees [sic], sing it well." [12]



"To Love Somebody"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees' 1st
B-side "Close Another Door"
ReleasedJune 1967
RecordedApril 1967
Genre Blue-eyed soul [1] [2]
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Spin (Australia)
Bee Gees UKsingles chronology
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RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [20] Silver200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Michael Bolton version

"To Love Somebody"
Single by Michael Bolton
from the album Timeless: The Classics
B-side "Now That I Found You"
ReleasedSeptember 1992 (1992-09)
Label Columbia
Michael Bolton singles chronology
"Steel Bars"
"To Love Somebody"
"Drift Away"

American singer Michael Bolton covered and released it as a single from his 1992 album Timeless: The Classics . His version reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became his fourth single to peak at number two in Canada, his highest position in that country. It is also his highest-charting single in France, where it reached number seven.


Weekly charts

Chart (1992–1993)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [21] 39
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [22] 2
Canada Adult Contemporary ( RPM ) [23] 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) [24] 31
France (SNEP) [25] 7
Germany (Official German Charts) [26] 61
Ireland (IRMA) [27] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [28] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [29] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [30] 32
UK Singles (OCC) [31] 16
US Billboard Hot 100 [32] 11
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [33] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [34] 6
US Rhythmic ( Billboard ) [35] 31

Year-end charts

Chart (1992)Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) [36] 55
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) [37] 26
Chart (1993)Position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) [38] 9
US Billboard Hot 100 [39] 83
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) [40] 33

Movie and TV appearances

"To Love Somebody" has been used in several movies including I Love You Phillip Morris , Y Tu Mamá También , Melody , The Wrong Man , My Entire Life , 50/50 , Joy , and Glass Onion .

The Bee Gees' version appears in a 2019 TV commercial for Facebook Groups.

The Bee Gees' version also appears in a 2019 McDonald's television commercial.

The Bee Gees’ version also appears in the newly released, Baker 4 video.

Other cover versions

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