Dean Martin was a recording and movie star during the 1950’s but by 1964, he had entered a decline. He was signed to Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and was cutting an album of mood songs. He had recorded 11 tracks but was in need of one more to complete the album. Enter Ken Lane.
Ken Lane was Martin’s pianist in the recording studio and in 1949 had co-written a song that was recorded by Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Dinah Washington among others, but with little commercial success. Martin recorded the song in order to finish the record.
“Everybody Loves Somebody” debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100, June 27, 1964, at number 72. It spent the week of August 15 as the number one song in the United States, replacing the Beatles “A Hard Days Night.” It quickly became Martin’s signature song.
In 1965 The Dean Martin Show began a nine year television run and Ken Lane was there for all nine seasons. “Everybody Loves Somebody” was the theme song. It was followed by his now famous celebrity roasts. A 14 year old song had propelled Dean Martin back to the top.