Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime)

First recorded (as a B-side) by Peggy Lee (1947).
Also recorded by Peggy Mann & Eddie Heywood (1947).
Hit versions by Frank Sinatra (B-side US #25 1948), Dean Martin (US #1/MOR #1/UK #11/AUS #12 1964).

From the wiki: “‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ is a song written in 1947 by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane. By 1964, the song had already been recorded by several artists before finding chart success as something other than a B-side.

“The first recording was made by Peggy Lee in 1947 and released in March 1948 as the B-side to ‘Don’t Smoke in Bed’. Singer Peggy Mann also recorded a version in 1948, with bandleader Eddie Heywood (‘Begin the Beguine‘) before the onset of partial paralysis put an end to Heywood’s piano-playing career.

“Frank Sinatra recorded his version of ‘Everybody’ in 1948, originally as the B-side to ‘Just for Now’ (US #21) but it also charted on its own (US #25). However, the song has become so identified with Dean Martin that any other version is invariably compared to Martin’s #1 1964 hit and then forgotten.

“Although Martin was still considered to be a major recording artist as the 1960s dawned, he had not had a Top 40 hit since 1958, and with the British Invasion ruling the U.S. charts, few had hopes that a middle-aged Italian crooner would sway many teenagers. In 1964, co-composer Lane was playing piano for Dean Martin on his Dream with Dean album sessions at Capitol Records and, with an hour or so of studio time left and one song short, Lane suggested to Martin that he take a run at ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’. (Martin had, many years earlier, sung the song on Bob Hope’s radio show in 1948.) Dean was agreeable, and backed only by a small studio combo of piano, guitar, drums and bass he performed a relatively quiet, laid-back jazz arrangement of the song. The reaction to the album recording was so great, though, that Dean went back into the studio and re-recorded the song for a single release with a full orchestra and background singers.

“Martin resented rock n’ roll. His disparaging attitude created conflict at home with his then-14-year-old son, Dean Paul Martin, who, like many teenagers in the Western world, worshipped The Beatles. Martin told his son, ‘I’m gonna’ knock your pallies off the charts,’ and on August 15, 1964, Martin did just that: ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ knocked the Beatles out of the top slot, with ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ replacing ‘It’s a Hard Day’s Night’ at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also was first chart-topper for the Reprise record label, founded by Frank Sinatra.”

Peggy Mann & Eddie Heywood, “Everybody Loves Somebody” (1947):

Frank Sinatra, “Everybody Loves Somebody” (1948):

Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime)” single re-recording (1964):

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