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"To Love Somebody"

German picture sleeve, Polydor 59111
Single by The Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees 1st
B-side "Close Another Door" (GER, FR, JP, USA, CA)
"I Can't See Nobody" (UK; AUS)
Released 1967
Format vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded IBC Studios, London
Genre Pop rock, Baroque pop
Length 3:02
Label Polydor/Spin/Atco
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer Robert Stigwood
The Bee Gees singles chronology
"New York Mining Disaster 1941"
(1967)
"To Love Somebody"
(1967)
"Holiday"
(1967)

"To Love Somebody" is the second single released by the Bee Gees from their third LP, Bee Gees 1st. As stated many times by Barry Gibb, their manager Robert Stigwood wanted Barry to write a soul song for Otis Redding for him to record. Barry, along with Robin came up with "To Love Somebody", a soulful ballad in the style of Sam & Dave or The Rascals. Redding died in a plane crash before he could record the song. The Bee Gees decided to record their own version of the song with Barry taking the lead and the result was a pop standard.

Chart performance

Chart Peak position
Australia 6
Belgium 8
Canada 9
Netherlands 13
United States 17
United Kingdom 41
France 63

Cover Versions

One of the most famous Gibb compositions, "To Love Somebody" was covered by hundreds of artists, most notably:

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