To Love Somebody


This week’s entry is inspired by the marvelous HBO documentary, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. I’ll be reviewing it in tomorrow’s Saturday post. In the documentary, Barry Gibb calls To Love Somebody the best song he’s ever written. That’s saying a lot.

Barry and Robin Gibb wrote To Love Somebody in 1967 for their first internationally released album, Bee Gees 1st. This wistful tune became a hit in both the UK and US and the Bee Gees were on their way.

We begin (where else?) with the Bee Gees original:

One of the earliest covers was by the great jazz singer Nina Simone:

Janis Joplin recorded the Gibb’s song for her first solo album:

The Flying Burrito Brothers countrified To Love Somebody turning it into a “tears in your beer” weeper:

Rod Stewart cut Barry and Robin’s song with Booker T and The MGs. It doesn’t get more soulful than that:

Rita Marley reggae-fied the song. It’s reportedly one of Barry Gibb’s favorite covers:

Finally, Little Milton with a bluesy interpretation of To Love Somebody:

That’s it for this week. Raise your glass and toast the end of another week. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.

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