Everybody Loves Somebody

Album: Dream with Dean (1964)
Charted: 11 1
  • The songwriters Sam Coslow, Ken Lane and Irving Taylor wrote this for Dean Martin's friend and fellow Rat Pack member Frank Sinatra. His version was released in 1948, but went nowhere. It was recorded in the '50s by Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, but still failed to find an audience.

    In 1964, Dean Martin was finishing up recording his Dream with Dean album and had completed 11 songs. Albums always had 12 songs in the US, so Dean asked his conductor and piano player, Ken Lane, if he had something else for him. Ken said he had an old song he had written - "Everybody Loves Somebody." Dean liked it and recorded it with just Ken, a bass player, a guitar and drums. The reaction to the cut on the album was so great that Dean went back into the studio and re-recorded it for a single release with a full orchestra and background singers. It was such as hit that it knocked "A Hard Day's Night" out of its #1 spot on the charts. It became Dean's theme song for his TV show the next year in 1965. The other version is still available on compilation albums. >>
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    Terry - Willmar, MN
  • Martin hadn't had a substantial pop hit since his version of "Volare" went to #12 in 1958. In 1962, he signed with the Reprise record label, which was founded by Frank Sinatra. Reprise was able to put some promotional might behind Martin and give him a more contemporary sound. He kept his distance from rock and roll, but there was still an audience for his sound. "Everybody Loves Somebody" became the first chart-topper on Reprise; Martin was a reliable seller on the label throughout the '60s, with most of his singles landing on the Hot 100.
  • According to Martin's daughter, Deana (recounted in her book Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes), when this knocked "A Hard Day's Night" off the top of the US chart on August 15, 1964, Dino sent a telegram to Elvis Presley that read, "If you can't handle the Beatles, I'll do it for you, pally."

    Martin and Presley had a good-natured rivalry: In 1970, when Martin came to an Elvis concert in Las Vegas, Presley started singing "Everybody Loves Somebody" to get a rise out of him. It worked - Martin laughed hysterically.
  • The song was recorded on April 16, 1964 at United Recording Studios in Los Angeles with Jimmy Bowen producing. It's not clear who played on it because there are about 20 musicians listed on the contract, but only a few were needed for this song. The drummer was likely Hal Blaine, who played on many hits from this era recorded in Los Angeles using session musicians.
  • Movies to use this song include The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Reckless (1995). TV shows to use it include:

    Friends ("The One in Vegas: Part 2" - 1999)
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ("Here Comes the Judge" - 1992)
    Falcon Crest ("Charley" - 1989)
  • This was the theme song to Martin's variety show, The Dean Martin Show, which ran on NBC from 1965 to 1974.

Comments: 6

  • Timothy from MarylandWell, all I know about this song -- Dean Martin's Everybody Loves Somebody, that is -- is that this is the song that plays in the background while Samurai Jack and Ashi passionately embraced each other in a very big wet kiss at the very end of Season 5, Episode 8 of the Samurai Jack cartoon show!


    You tell them Dean Martin. That: "Everybody loves somebody sometimes; Everybody falls in love somehow"
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiI work for the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq at a check point to the IZ International (Green) Zone. One morning, after a night shift, I was riding in an armored Suburban along the Tigris River heading back to the Embassy and an instrumental of this song was playing on the radio as I watched the sun rising above the Babylon Hotel across the river. It took me back to being a kid in the 60s, watching the Dean Martin show, thinking about the world we lived in back then and realizing how much things had changed over the years. It was kind of surreal listening to such a relaxing feel good song in this environment.
  • Cherilyn from Houston/beaumont TexasThis is one of my favorite songs. I have the Dream with Dean album - so relaxing to listen to. Dean was a great singer and he was so handsome sexy hot and dreamy wasn't he?. I listened to Frank's version - no offense to Frank a legend also but his version sounded like a cat dying.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 16th 1965, "The Dean Martin Show" debut on the NBC-TV network...
    The show lasted nine seasons, with a grand total of 264 episodes...
    The show's theme song, "Everybody Loves Somebody", had entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart fifteen months earlier on June 21st, 1964 at position #72; and on August 9th, 1964 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on July 26th, 1964 it also reached #1 {for 8 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Track chart...
    As stated above it knocked the Beatles out of the top spot, and the song that replaced it at #1 was the Supremes' first of twelve #1 records, "Where Did Our Love Go"...
    The day the 'Martin' show debut, his "Houston" was at #21, for its 2nd week, on the Top 100 {that would also be its peak position on the chart}...
    Mr. Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti, passed away on Christmas Day of 1995 at the age of 78...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaSupposedly it was the record producer who had the idea to re cut the track with a full orchestra at a higher tempo than the original version from the Dream With Dean album.
  • George from Belleville, NjThis is Dean Martin's signature song.A classic song with a hit sound. I think it is one of the most recognizable songs in pop music. It has a big orchestral sound and Dean's easy relaxed style makes it work.Others have sung it,but only Dean could turn this into a popular hit.This song was taylor made for the one and only Dean Martin.
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