About The Song
“Everybody Loves Somebody” is a song written in 1947 by Irving Taylor and pianist Ken Lane, and made famous by Dean Martin who recorded and released his version in 1964.
Although still a major recording artist, Dean Martin had not had a top 40 hit since 1958. With the British Invasion ruling the U.S. charts, few had hopes that an Italian crooner who had been singing mainly standards for almost 20 years would sway many teenagers. Martin resented rock n’ roll, and his attitude created conflict at home with his 12-year-old son Dean Paul Martin, who like many young people at the time worshipped pop groups like The Beatles. He told his son, “I’m gonna knock your pallies off the charts,” and on August 15, 1964 he did just that: “Everybody Loves Somebody” knocked The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” off the No. 1 slot on Billboard, going straight up to the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop-Standard Singles chart, the latter for eight weeks.
It ultimately replaced “That’s Amore” as Martin’s signature song, and he sang it as the theme of his weekly television variety show from 1965 to 1974. The song has become so identified with Martin that later versions are invariably compared to his take.
“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” appears on Martin’s grave marker in Los Angeles.
In 1999, the 1964 recording of “Everybody Loves Somebody” on Reprise Records by Dean Martin was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.