“To Love Somebody” is a song written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The song was first recorded and released by the Bee Gees in 1967 as a single. Michael Bolton, the American singer-songwriter, released his cover in September 1992 with “Now That I Found You” on the B-side. It’s included on this album of cover versions, “Timeless: The Classics.” Michael Bolton’s rendition of “To Love Somebody” is a soulful and emotive ballad that showcases his powerful and distinctive voice. The song’s lyrics express a deep and passionate desire to love someone, emphasizing the willingness to give everything for that love. His version reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became his fourth single to peak at number two in Canada, his highest position in that country. It is also his highest-charting single in France, where it reached number seven.
Bolton’s version of “To Love Somebody” was well-received by audiences and further solidified his status as a respected vocalist in the adult contemporary and pop-rock genres. The song’s emotional delivery, paired with Bolton’s signature vocal style, created a touching and memorable interpretation of the classic Bee Gees song. While the Bee Gees’ original version of “To Love Somebody” was not a massive commercial success at the time of its release, it has since become one of their most enduring and beloved songs. It has been covered by numerous artists across different genres, attesting to its timeless appeal, incl. Nina Simone, Michael Bublé or Jimmy Somerville.