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To Love Somebody
1967 Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
According to Barry Gibb, "I met Otis Redding early in the evening [in March 1967], and Robert Stigwood had sort of suggested I write a song for Otis Redding, and I said I would try. ... The rest of the evening I was alone and I sort of concocted most of it in that time. Of course, he died later [December 10, 1967] in a plane crash, so he never recorded the song. But the song was then finished with Robin and Maurice".

The Bee Gees released "To Love Somebody" in their second single on June 1967 ("I Can't See Nobody" on side B) and in LP Bee Gees 1st on July 14, 1967.

The song is one of the most recorded and played songs of The Bee Gees entire catalogue. In the UK it's been a hit for: Bee Gees (1967), Nina Simone (1969), Jimmy Somerville (1990), Michael Bolton (1992). There is also an Italian version, Così ti amo, performed by Califfi, Mal, and by Nina itself.

Recording sessions
1967 December 20: New York RCA Studios Manhattan B
There's a light
A certain kind of light
It's never shone on me
I want my whole life to be
To live it with you live it with you

There's a way everybody say
Do each and every little thing
What good does it bring
If I ain't got you if I ain't got you
I ain't got you I ain't got you

You don't know what it's like
Baby you don't know what it's like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

In my brain
See your face again
I know my frame of mind
You ain't got to be so blind
And I'm so blind so blind

I'm a woman can't you see what I am
I live and breathe for you
What good does it do
If I ain't got you If I ain't got you
I ain't got you I ain't got you

Say you don't know what it's like
Baby you don't know what it's like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

Oh you don't know what it's like
Baby you don't know what it's like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1968 June 16: Montreux (CH) 2nd Jazz Festival
 
 
1969 April: München (DE) TV show
 
 
1969 April: Paris (FR) Olympia
 
1969 July 27-28: Antibes (FR) 10th Jazz á Juan Festival
 
1969 November 3: Roma (IT) Teatro Sistina
 
 
1971 January 8: Amsterdam (NL) Concertgebouw
 
1977 December 4: London (UK) Theatre Royal Drury Lane
 
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