Australian singles charts:
To Love Somebody entered the Kent charts on 15 July 1967 and peaked at #6. The song was #44 on the Top 100 of 1967.
The song is on Bee Gees’ 1st which entered the Kent album charts on 16 September 1967 and peaked at #10.
Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne
BONUS CLIP BELOW – Marcia Hines, Brian Cadd, Max Merritt and Doug Parkinson singing To Love Somebody as a tribute to Maurice Gibb.
Legend has it that this song was written for Otis Redding, who died before he could record it. While there is a chance Redding would have recorded the song, that’s not who the Bee Gees had in mind.
They wrote the song for their manager, Australian-born impresario and entertainment entrepreneur Robert Stigwood. Barry Gibb explained in Mojo magazine: “Robert asked me to write a song for him. It was written in New York and played to Otis but, personally, it was for Robert.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/bee-gees/to-love-somebody
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 60s
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Marcia Hines, Brian Cadd, Max Merritt and Doug Parkinson sang To Love Somebody as a tribute to Maurice Gibb shortly after his death. Maurice died in 2003 at age 53 due to complications from a twisted intestine, which caused him to go into cardiac arrest.
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