In 1964, the top of the charts were dominated by “The British Invasion” led by the Beatles, until they were displaced by a member of the Rat Pack Dean Martin on August 15th of that year. Dean did it with the song that would become his signature, Everybody Loves Somebody.
The song has some interesting history behind it. For one thing, it had already been recorded by Frank Sinatra, among others. It had been written way back in 1947, by Ken Lane and Irving Taylor. And Dean recorded it to fill an album that was one song short, and to accomodate his piano player, Ken Lane. But the recording worked out so well, it became the title song of the album. And when it hit number one, Dean sent a telegram to Sinatra saying “That’s the way you do it”.
And the song played a role in a very funny segment on the Dean Martin Variety Show, when John Wayne guest starred with Dean, and performed a flawless lip-synch of Everybody Loves Somebody – Frank Sinatra’s version.