You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop(#25) and Adult Contemporary (#1) ; 1964

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

At a time when everyone was crazy over British bands, Italian crooner Dean Martin bucked the trend by becoming more popular than he’d been a decade before. Without a chart record since 1959’s On An Evening In Roma, Dino’s day was seemingly long gone when he signed on with Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1962.

As if to drive that point home, his first nine singles for Reprise were stone-cold flops. Then came Everybody Loves Somebody. Sinatra himself had released the song as a B-side in 1948, and it remained a non-hit until Dean’s version toppled the Beatles from #1 in 1964.

Follow-up The Door Is Still Open To My Heart was another oldie: this one a 1955 R&B #4 for The Cardinals. It reached #6 on the Hot 100 and also topped the Adult Contemporary chart.

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You made it three straight back-catalog songs: the original recording dated to 1946 in a version by its co-writer, bandleader/vocalist Russ Morgan. In Dean’s hands it became his third consecutive AC #1.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Lee Gillette

Lyrics Written by:

  • Russ Morgan
  • Larry Stock
  • James Cavanaugh