Someone, Someone

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"Someone, Someone"
Crickets Someone, Someone.jpg
Single by The Crickets
A-side" Love's Made a Fool of You"
ReleasedMarch 1959 (1959-03)
RecordedNovember 21, 1958
StudioNorman Petty Recording Studios, Clovis, New Mexico
Genre Pop
Length2:46
Label Brunswick
Songwriter(s)
  • Violet Ann Petty
  • Edwin Greines
Producer(s) Norman Petty
The Crickets singles chronology
" It's So Easy!" / "Lonesome Tears"
(1958)
" Love's Made a Fool of You" / "Someone, Someone"
(1959)
" When You Ask About Love" / "Deborah"
(1959)

"Someone, Someone" is a song by American rock and roll band the Crickets, released in March 1959 as the B-side to " Love's Made a Fool of You". [1] However, the song is better known for the version by British beat group Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, which became a top-ten hit in the UK in 1964. [2]

Background and release

"Someone, Someone" was written by Violet Ann "Vi" Petty, wife of the Crickets' producer Norman Petty, and Edwin Greines, who had previously co-written " Mr. Success", a minor hit for Frank Sinatra in 1958. [3] It was recorded by the Crickets in their second recording session following the departure of Buddy Holly. The recording took place in November 1958 at Norman Petty's Recording Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, and featured two new members: lead vocalist Earl Sinks and guitarist Sonny Curtis. Vi Petty also featured playing piano, and the backing vocals were provided by the Roses. [4] [5] "Someone, Someone" was released in March 1959 as the B-side to " Love's Made a Fool of You", which failed to chart in the US, though was a minor hit in the UK. [6] Reviewed in Billboard, "Someone, Someone" was described as having a "soft chant on a pounding ballad with beat… [with] danceable rhythm and good vocal". [7]

Personnel

Brian Poole and the Tremeloes version

"Someone, Someone"
Tremeloes Someone, Someone.jpg
Single by Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
from the album It's About Time
B-side"Till the End of Time"
Released1 May 1964 (1964-05-01)
Studio Decca Studios, London
Genre Pop
Length2:55
Label Decca
Songwriter(s)
  • Violet Ann Petty
  • Edwin Greines
Producer(s)Mike Smith
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes singles chronology
" Candy Man"
(1964)
"Someone, Someone"
(1964)
"Twelve Steps to Love"
(1964)

Recording and release

Brian Poole and the Tremeloes had been in contact with Norman Petty since the late 1950s and he sent the group a number of songs, including "Someone, Someone". Petty was also present at the recording at Decca Studios. He insisted that the song had to be sung "softly and with feeling", yet having been recently on tour for ages, with lead singer Brian Poole saying that "so soft singing had kind of rasped out a little". In order to counter this, Petty got Poole to sing whilst lying down in the recording booth, causing everyone to start laughing. [8] However, the recording was successful and it was later released as a single in May 1964 with the B-side, "Till the End of Time", written by Poole and guitarist Alan Blakley. "Someone, Someone" represented a divergence from their previous beat songs like " Do You Love Me" and " Candy Man", instead showcasing a pop ballad style, with Poole saying at the time that "it's given us a great kick to do a number like this, just for contrast, but we'll probably be back to the uptempo stuff next time". [9] It became the group's fourth and final UK top-ten hit, peaking at number 2 on the four major music paper charts at the time, and their only to make the US charts, before the departure of Brian Poole in 1966. [2] "Someone, Someone" sold over 250,000 copies and was awarded a silver disc by Disc. [10] The song was later included on the group's album It's About Time, released in April 1965. [11]

Reception

Reviewing for Disc, Don Nicholl wrote that "Brian sings "Someone, Someone" with a soft wistful manner that is very appealing. A definite contrast to their previous beat work this half could be a top seller. Group echo his words tenderly and the guitar backing is class, simple". [12] In Record Mirror, the reviewer wrote that "It grows and grows... pleasant tune, good singing, nice "answer" bits from the group". [13]

Charts

Chart (1964) Peak
position
Australia ( Kent Music Report) [14] 17
Australia (Music Maker, Sydney) [15] 4
Canada ( Vancouver CFUN) [16] 8
Hong Kong [17] 1
Ireland ( IRMA) [18] 2
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade) [19] 5
Norway ( VG-lista) [20] 5
Sweden ( Tio i Topp) 2
UK Disc Top 30 [21] 2
UK Melody Maker Top 50 [22] 2
UK New Musical Express Top 30 [23] 2
UK Record Retailer Top 50 [2] 2
US Billboard Hot 100 [24] 97
US Cash Box Top 100 [25] 64

References

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  4. ^ Leigh, Spencer (2019-01-10). Buddy Holly: Learning the Game. McNidder & Grace. p. 163. ISBN  978-0-85716-189-5.
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  7. ^ "This Week's Singles" (PDF). Billboard. 9 March 1959. p. 48. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
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  12. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Disc. 2 May 1964. p. 11. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Singles in brief" (PDF). Record Mirror. 2 May 1964. p. 13. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
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  21. ^ "Disc's Top Thirty" (PDF). Disc. 27 June 1964. p. 3. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  22. ^ "National Chart". Melody Maker. 27 June 1964. p. 2.
  23. ^ "NME Top Thirty". New Musical Express. 26 June 1964.
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  25. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending September 26, 1964". Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2022.