Last week John Gleason guested on AD touting the lesser known side of the Bee Gees, making a case for their catalog being equal to or greater than the Beatles. Brave. And while I can’t say I share that sentiment, there’s no denying the Gibb brothers songwriting chops. Case in point, Nina Simone’s rendition of the Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” found on her 1969 album of the same name. A cornerstone of a great LP strewn with a number of great covers (Dylan, Leonard Cohen), it was years before I realized “To Love Somebody” was, in fact, not a Simone original. And as with anything Simone touched, in her hands the track very much becomes her own. And then some.
MP3: Nina Simone :: To Love Somebody
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5 thoughts on “Nina Simone :: To Love Somebody”
Great, great song by Nina Simone. She didn’t write it, okay, but she made it her own. Had no idea it was a BeeGees song! Jeez. I really may have to start taking them seriously. Dang.
You ever heard Nina’s version of Lilac WIne? She didn’t write it, but she sure did it well.
Love this song! I actually prefer the Bee Gees version and didn’t even know this one existed until I heard it in ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’
I feel the same way about Slobberbone’s cover of this song. I almost forget that it’s the Bee Gees, they really make it their own.
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