Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Solomon Burke

About Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

"Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" is a song written by Bert Berns, Solomon Burke and Jerry Wexler, and originally recorded by Solomon Burke under the production of Bert Berns at Atlantic Records in 1964. Burke's version charted in 1964, but missed the US top 40, peaking at number 58. Wilson Pickett covered the song in 1966, and his version (which explicitly mentions Solomon Burke in the opening section) made it to #29 pop, and #19 R&B in early 1967. Other notable versions of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" were recorded by The Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia Band, and The Blues Brothers. The song is ranked number 429 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 


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I'm so happy to be here tonight
So glad to be here in your wonderful city
And I have a little message for you
And I want to tell every woman and every man tonight
That's ever needed someone to love
That's ever had somebody to love them
That ever had somebody's understanding
That's ever had someone to need your love all the time
Someone that's with them when they're up
Somebody that's with them when they're down
If you had yourself somebody like this you better hold onto 'em
Let me tell you something
Sometimes you get what you want
And you lose what you have
There's a song I sing
And I believe that if everybody would sing this song you can save the whole world
Listen to me

Everybody needs somebody
Everybody wants somebody to love
Honey to hug, yeah
Sugar to kiss
Baby to miss now, yeah
Baby to tease
Sometimes to please, yeah
And I need you you you
And I need you you you
In the morning baby you you you
When the sun goes down you you you
Ain't no nobody around you you you

Whoa listen to me,  sometimes I feel like
I feel a little sad inside
When my baby mistreats me
And I can't get a little little mad
But I need you you you
Just to see me through children
Somebody to hold my hand
When I feel a little lonely, oh but I want to hear you say yeah
Oh baby say yeah, I want to hear you say yeah

I say yeah yeah
I just want my woman to stand up and say I love you
I want someone to be a witness tonight
I just want to say I love you, I wanna hear you say I love you ohhh
I just want somebody to squeeze tonight yeah

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of it… more »

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7 facts about this song

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" Composition
The song was originally written by Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, and Jerry Wexler in 1964. - Solomon Burke was an American recording artist and vocalist, Bert Berns was a successful songwriter and record producer while Jerry Wexler was a music journalist turned music producer.
Solomon Burke's Original Release
Solomon Burke released the original track in 1964. - The song appeared on his album "The Best of Solomon Burke". - Even though the song wasn't a huge commercial success, it is considered one of his signature songs due to its popularity.
Bert Berns's Involvement
Bert Berns, apart from being one of the writers, also produced the original recording. - He was known for his work on numerous hit songs during the 1960s, such as "Twist and Shout" and "Here Comes the Night".
The Rolling Stones' Cover
The Rolling Stones covered "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" a year later in 1965. - It was included in their second American album "The Rolling Stones, Now!". - Their version was a slower, soul-inspired take on the original.
The Blues Brothers' Version
The Blues Brothers, the band formed by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, also covered the song. - Their version was released in 1980 in the soundtrack album for their film "The Blues Brothers". - The song features a faster tempo and is integrated into a scene where the characters 'Jake and Elwood Blues' are trying to convince an ex-member of their band to rejoin.
Influence of the Song
Despite not having considerable chart success, the song remains a popular tune and has been covered by many artists over the years. - It's thought-provoking lyrics and soulful melody have continued to captivate audiences and represent the classic soul sound from its era.
Jerry Garcia's Interpretation
Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead, also covered the song. - His band, the Jerry Garcia Band, often played it live, bringing a more rock-styled version to their performances, blending soul, rock, and blues aspects of the song. - The song became a fan-favorite and continued to showcase the song's flexible appeal across different music genres.

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