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Irresistible Force (song)

“Irresistible Force” is a song by the Bee Gees, released in March 1997 on their album Still Waters, this song was written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb.

It was written in 1995, and was recorded in 1996 as a demo and then this song was recorded with “Miracles Happen.” This track was one of the highlights in that album with its guitar and synth rock sound. The keyboards were played by Maurice and Robbie Kondor (Robbie also played on other songs in their 1987 album E.S.P..), the guitars were played by Waddie Watchtel and Carlos Alomar (who also worked with David Bowie, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and others), The bass was played by Pino Palladino (A Welsh session player who worked with Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Jeff Beck, Paul Young and others). The drums were played by Steve Jordan.[1]

You Win Again (Bee Gees song)

“You Win Again” is a 1987 song written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb and performed by the Bee Gees. Released as a single in late 1987, it marked the start of the group’s comeback, becoming a number one hit in many European countries, including the UK—their first to do so in over eight years, and made them the first group to score a UK number-one hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.[1]

As songwriters, the Gibb brothers received the 1987 British Academy’s Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2] In 1988, the band received a Brit Award nomination for Best British Group.[3] In a UK television special on ITV in December 2011, it was voted second (behind “How Deep Is Your Love”) in “The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song”.[4]

You Stepped Into My Life

“You Stepped Into My Life” is a song released by the Bee Gees in September 1976 on the album Children of the World.[1] It was also released as the B-side of “Love So Right”.[2] Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb.

In Canada, this song was chosen as the A-side and its flipside was “Love So Right”[3] In Scandinavia and UK, it released as a double A side single with “Love So Right”. Allmusic’s Bruce Eder called this funk number as one of the “soul ballads” on the album Children of the World.[4]

Wouldn’t I Be Someone

“Wouldn’t I Be Someone” is a song by The Bee Gees. It was released on 22 June 1973 in the United Kingdom and in July 1973 in the United States.[1] The cover of the single was also used on Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2.

“Wouldn’t I Be Someone” was recorded around October 1972 in The Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. The long chorus, extended by an instrumental section of the song is their new idea and was reminiscent to their 1969 song “Odessa (City on the Black Sea)”, but the difference between the two is when electric guitar was added to this song.[2]

Words (Bee Gees song)

“Words” is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. The song reached No. 1 in Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands.

“Words” was the Bee Gees third UK top 10 hit, reaching number 8, and in a UK television special on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fourth in “The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song”.[1] The song has been recorded by many other artists., including hit versions by Rita Coolidge in 1978 and Boyzone in 1996. This was Boyzone’s fifth single and their first number one hit in the UK.

The Woman in You

“The Woman in You” is one of five songs the Bee Gees contributed to the film, Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Director Sylvester Stallone used the Bee Gees songs in the movie more as background music rather than the prominent way Saturday Night Fever had featured them. The single received more airplay than the Bee Gees previous two singles, though not enough to reach a top 10 position. In interviews following the release of the film, the brothers expressed their displeasure at the way their songs were edited and revealed that their hearts were not in the music. By 1983, the Bee Gees were focusing their talents on solo projects and production of other artists, so it is not surprising that they were not all enthusiastic about the Staying Alive movie.

When He’s Gone

“When He’s Gone” is the first and only American single from the 1991 Bee Gees album High Civilization. Warner Bros. did nothing to promote the album or the single and neither charted in America, the first and only time a Bee Gees album failed to chart in America. The Bee Gees made two TV appearances in May, 1991 to promote the single. They appeared on Rick Dees’ show Into the Night where they sang “When He’s Gone” and “One” and on The Arsenio Hall Show they sang “When He’s Gone” and “To Love Somebody”.

Two different B-sides were issued. In the United States, the song “True Confessions” was used, which was a song that was not included on the cassette versions of High Civilization. The B-side in the UK was live performance of “Massachusetts” done in Melbourne, Australia from their 1989 One For All Tour.

Tomorrow Tomorrow (Bee Gees song)

“Tomorrow Tomorrow” is a song by the Bee Gees written by Barry and Maurice Gibb. The song was originally intended to be recorded by Joe Cocker.[1] It was the first Bee Gees single released after Robin Gibb had quit the group which was now down to a trio featuring Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and drummer Colin Petersen.

Originally, the song was written for Joe Cocker, but the group ultimately released it themselves. Barry rushed the track through, but it never reached Joe, who was given ‘Delta Lady’ by his management instead”.[2]

This song was recorded on 19 and 21 March 1969. Its B-side “Sun In My Morning” and the unreleased song “Ping Pong” were also recorded on March 19.[1]

To Love Somebody (song)

“To Love Somebody” is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Produced by Robert Stigwood, it was the second single released by the Bee Gees from their international debut album, Bee Gees 1st, in 1967.[2] The single reached No.17 in the United States and No.41 in the United Kingdom. The song’s B-side was “Close Another Door”.[1] The single was reissued in 1980 on RSO Records with “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” as its flipside.[3] The song ranked at number 94 on NME magazine’s “100 Best Tracks of the Sixties”.[4] It was a minor hit in the UK and France. It reached the top 20 in the US. It reached the top 10 in Canada.

The song has been recorded by many other musicians, including Nina Simone whose version reached No. 5 in the UK in 1969, Michael Bolton whose recording reached No.11 in the US and No.16 in the UK in 1992.

This Is Where I Came In (song)

“This Is Where I Came In” is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the only single from their final album and was featured as the last song performed on the live Bee Gees 1997 PBS special One Night Only before the album release of This Is Where I Came In as an “experimental” song at that time the song was titled “This Is Just (Where I Came In)” before being changed and shortened to the current song title, “This Is Where I Came In”, released in 2001. The song was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. It reached no. 18 in the UK and no. 25 in Germany, but was not released in the United States. “Just in Case” is a song from 1997, which was shown in the writing stages on the Bee Gees 1997 documentary Keppel Road. “I Will Be There” is a song from 1999 and presumably the demo version for Tina Turner, who recorded it on her 1999 album Twenty Four Seven. The remix version of this song was remixed by DJ Domino, released also in that year also in Universal Records in the United States was edited to 5:07 and the DJ Domino edit was edited to 3:45.

Lead vocals are performed by Robin Gibb on the first verse and on the chorus, while Barry Gibb sang lead on the second verse and sing harmony on the chorus. The song’s music video was directed by Jake Nava.

Idea (album)

Idea is the fifth album by the Bee Gees. Released in September 1968, the album sold over a million copies worldwide. The album was issued in both mono and stereo pressings in the UK.[1][2] The artwork on the Polydor release designed by Wolfgang Heilemann featured a lightbulb with a group photo in its base, while the North American ATCO release designed by Klaus Voormann featured a composite head made from each band member.[3] It was their third internationally released album – the first two albums being released only in the Australian market.

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” and “I Started a Joke” were both released as singles in North America. In the UK, Message was only released as a single and “I Started a Joke” was only an album track, though another album track, “Kitty Can”, was featured on the B-side of “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” for buyers who could not afford the album.
The North American ATCO LP and the South African Polydor LP replaced “Such a Shame” with
“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”.[4] Both songs were included when the album was released on CD in 1989.[5]

Children of the World

Children of the World is a 1976 album by the Bee Gees. The first single, “You Should Be Dancing”, went to No. 1 in the US and Canada, and was a top ten hit in numerous other territories. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies. It was the group’s fourteenth album (twelfth internationally). The album was re-issued by Reprise and Rhino Records. This was the first record featuring the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team which would have many successful collaborations in the following years.

Spirits (Having Flown)

“Spirits (Having Flown)” is a song by the Bee Gees which was originally released on the 1979 album Spirits Having Flown.[1] Though not issued as a single in conjunction with the parent album, it was released in the UK to promote the compilation Bee Gees Greatest, which was released in December 1979. Its B-side was a 1975 song “Wind of Change” from the group’s Main Course.

The song itself is a Caribbean flavored R&B track sung by Barry in natural voice during the verses and joined by Robin and Maurice on the chorus which is sung in falsetto. The count-in (1,2,3,4) heard on the album version was omitted from the single version and on the album Bee Gees Greatest. A flute work by Herbie Mann was heard in the ending.[2]

The single peaked at no.16 in the UK, and would be the last Top 40 hit the band had in the UK for almost eight years.

Someone Belonging to Someone

“Someone Belonging to Someone” is a quiet ballad performed by the Bee Gees. The second and the last single from the soundtrack Staying Alive (1983).

The song was recorded November or December 1982 just after the recording sessions of Robin Gibb’s How Old Are You? with Maurice participated playing several instruments. The song was recorded around the same time as “I Love You Too Much”.[1]

“Someone Belonging To Someone” and the instrumental version of “I Love You Too Much” would become the second single off the Staying Alive soundtrack. Robin and Maurice are not clearly present on either of these songs. The musicians are not credited on the sleeve, but the single credits David Sanborn for the sax solo. Years later Albhy Galuten recalled only that they were some of the usual session players they liked to use.[1]

In the liner notes to the 1990 box set, Tales from the Brothers Gibb, the Bee Gees describe the song as a “fair ballad from a silly film”. The Bee Gees would not release a follow-up single until 1987 when “You Win Again” was released.

Secret Love (Bee Gees song)

“Secret Love” is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the lead single of their album High Civilization, released in March 1991. It is an up-tempo ballad with a clear Supremes style similar to the 1986 Diana Ross hit “Chain Reaction”, which was also written by the Bee Gees. The single reached the Top 10 in many European countries, but was not released as a single in the US.

Saw a New Morning

“Saw a New Morning” is the 1973 single released by the Bee Gees. It was also the group’s first single released on Robert Stigwood’s newly created records label RSO Records. The Bee Gees moved to Los Angeles in 1972 to record the album Life in a Tin Can which was a new direction for the group, who had been recording in England since 1967. The B-side, “My Life Has Been a Song” features lead vocal by Robin Gibb as well as Barry Gibb.[1]

This song contains melodic ideas that the group would revisit on the later track “Edge of the Universe”. Written in 1972 and recorded around September the same year. On the song, Maurice Gibb played the bass part through electric piano with Jim Keltner’s drums providing a thump. While backing guitarist Alan Kendall plays guitar with Barry and Maurice Gibb.[2]

Run to Me (Bee Gees song)

“Run to Me” is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the lead single and released on 7 July 1972[1] and first track on the group’s 1972 album To Whom It May Concern. The song reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 20.
Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Lead vocals by Barry Gibb on the verses and Robin Gibb on the chorus.

Rings Around the Moon (song)

“Rings Around the Moon” is a song by the Bee Gees. It is a bonus track on the multi-platinum Still Waters album released by the Bee Gees in 1997, and appeared on the first single from the album. The song is a pop ballad written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Lead vocals were sung by Robin Gibb.

Track listing
“Alone” (single mix)
“Stayin’ Alive” (live)
“You Should Be Dancing” (Decadance)
“Rings Around the Moon”

Paying the Price of Love

“Paying the Price of Love” is the first single from the Bee Gees’ album, Size Isn’t Everything. It was more reminiscent of the Bee Gees disco era than recent singles. With an uptempo hip-hop beat and soaring falsetto vocals, it was too heavy for adult contemporary radio, which is where the Bee Gees were primarily played in 1993. It reached the top 10 in Belgium and the top 40 in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the UK. In the US, it did chart on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #74, and made the top 30 on the A/C chart.The promotional video for the song showed the brothers performing the song as holograms on a futuristic version of MTV – which could be considered ironic, as the video never aired on the network, but rather on its companion channel, VH1.

Paradise (Bee Gees song)

“Paradise” is a pop ballad recorded by the Bee Gees included on the 1981 album Living Eyes. It was later released as a single in Netherlands and Japan with “Nothing Could Be Good” as the B-side.[1][2] It was included on the 1983 greatest hits album Gold & Diamonds.[3]

It was one of the ballads in the album and to feature the Gibb brothers singing harmony including “Don’t Fall in Love with Me” and “I Still Love You”.[4] It was written and composed by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Barry and Maurice on acoustic guitars while Don Felder of Eagles on electric guitar, piano by George Bitzer, synthesizer by Albhy Galuten and drums by Steve Gadd. Barry and Robin Gibb sings lead vocals together.

(Our Love) Don’t Throw it All Away

“(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions but was not released until Bee Gees Greatest (1979). It was released as a single by Andy Gibb on his version from his second studio album Shadow Dancing.

“(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” was released as the third single from Andy Gibb’s Shadow Dancing album, but only in the United States, in September 1978. The song was also his fifth single to reach the U.S. Top 10; the single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] When Andy Gibb was going to record it, Barry reworked on the song adding the middle eight that was not on the original Bee Gees’ version,[2] as Blue Weaver recalls, “When Andy actually went to record it, Barry listened to it [the original version] again and thought, ‘Oh, it’s not finished’, so Barry wrote the whole of the middle-eight.[3]
Allmusic’s Amy Hanson described this version of “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” as a “tender ballad” that suited Andy’s voice.[2] It appears on Andy’s three greatest-hits albums.

Ordinary Lives

“Ordinary Lives” is a single released by the Bee Gees in 1989. It was taken from their 16th studio album One. Following the premature death of their younger brother Andy Gibb in 1988, the Bee Gees dedicated this song and their new album to him. Originally the song was titled “Cruel World” but was changed and the name was “Ordinary Lives”.

Scott Glasel recalled that “Ordinary Lives” was started before Andy died, but as completed it seems to be a philosophical comment on life and death, For a time it was called “Cruel World”, a phrase heard at the start of the second verse as completed, The rhythm has some similarity to “You Win Again” and may have been a deliberate attempt to follow it up, But it has many new features including the brief spoken word parts and the existential musings of the lyrics, something often associated with Robin but clearly here coming from Barry, Probably the finished recording has added dubs by the musicians who worked on the album One.[1]

Barry Gibb performed this song in the 2013 Mythology Tour accompanied by his son Stephen Gibb and Maurice’s daughter Samantha “Sammy” Gibb. He still used the backing vocal effect in the last part of the original record.

One (Bee Gees song)

“One” is the second international single (and lead single in the U.S.) from the Bee Gees’ album, One. This was the song that returned the Bee Gees to American radio and would turn out to be their biggest US hit in the 1980s, and their last hit single to reach the US top ten. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1989, and it stayed in the Top 40 for ten weeks. It also topped the American adult contemporary chart that same month, remaining at number one for two weeks.[1]
The track reached No. 71 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

On Time (song)

“On Time” is a song written by Maurice Gibb and recorded by the Bee Gees released on 14 January 1972 as the B-side of the single “My World”.

It was recorded on 21 October 1971 in London, the day that they finished the song “Alive”, which is included on their ninth album called To Whom It May Concern. The swamp rocker “On Time” was one of Maurice’s favorites, this being the first of three recordings he made of it. Maurice and guitarist Alan Kendall share a few tracks of acoustic and electric guitars, accompanied by Geoff Bridgford on drums and string arrangement by Bill Shepherd that should not fit in, but does. Maurice later described this number as his “Swamp period”.[1]

“On Time” was only available on vinyl until it was included in the 1990 box set Tales from the Brothers Gibb.[2] The single was released as a double A in the UK, Mexico, Spain and in Yugoslavia. In Mexico, the song was released under the title “A Tiempo”.[3] The song was released in 1971 in other countries like France, Germany and Italy.[4]

Odessa (City on the Black Sea)

“Odessa (City on the Black Sea)” is a song by the English rock band the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb in 1968 and released in early 1969. The song opened the album of the same name.[1] The song was recorded twice. The first version of the song (without the orchestra) was later to appear on Sketches for Odessa and has a duration to 6:40. The song starts on with a spoken voice. The song was a very long song about the survivor of a shipwreck, and was originally intended to form the basis of the whole album. Musically it was dominated by strings and acoustic guitar.[2] It was originally proposed to be the first single of the album.[3]

Nights on Broadway

“Nights on Broadway” is a song by the Bee Gees from the Main Course album released in 1975. The second single released from the album, it immediately followed their number-one hit “Jive Talkin'”. This track was credited to Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Recording this track started on 20 January 1975 and continued on 30 January, when they started to record songs for the album: “Jive Talkin'” (finished 2 February), “Songbird”, “Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)” (finished 19 February), “All This Making Love” and “Edge of the Universe”.[1]

New York Mining Disaster 1941

“New York Mining Disaster 1941” is an American debut single by the Bee Gees, released in 1967. It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Barring a moderately successful reissue of their Australian single “Spicks and Specks,” it was the first single release of the group’s international career and their first song to hit the charts in the US[4] or UK. The song was released on 14 April 1967. It was produced by Ossie Byrne with their manager Robert Stigwood as Executive Producer. The song was the first track of side two on the group’s international debut album, Bee Gees’ 1st. This was the first single with Australian drummer Colin Petersen as an official member of the band.

Never Say Never Again (Bee Gees song)

“Never Say Never Again” is a song by the Bee Gees, It was written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb in 1968 and released on the album Odessa in 1969.[1]

Robin recalled that he wanted to write a song with the line, ‘I declared war on Spain. According to Robin: “Instead, Barry wanted something so normal it was ridiculous. He said my words were so unromantic. But what could be more normal than a man in love wanting to declare war on anything that was to him unlovely?”.[2]

Unlike the other songs on the album, this song was recorded quickly. The Sketches for Odessa disc, released with the album’s 2009 remastered edition, has an alternate mono mix from December 7, 1968 with a distorted electric guitar part that is not on the multitrack master and a different lead vocal take.[3] At the beginning of the song, the chord was A. Barry Gibb sings harmony vocals on the line Never say never say never again, Never say never say never again.

My World (Bee Gees song)

“My World” is a 1972 single released by the Bee Gees. It was originally released as a non-album single on 14 January 1972 worldwide.[1] but it was later included on the LP Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 in 1973. The flip of the single entitled “On Time” is a rock number that was a Maurice Gibb composition. “My World” reached the Top 20 in both US and UK.[2]

“My World” was written in the backstage of ITV’s The Golden Shot with some same musical ideas as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”. Maurice said “Whether something is a soft ballad or an uptempo thing, we would record it if we thought it was going to make a good single”.[3] By October 13, the band recorded “My World” along with unreleased tracks, “What Could Have Been Done” and “Goodbye Blue Sky”[4] the song has four verses as they repeated the chorus numerous times. This track kicks off with an unusually casual instrumental intro like their other unreleased track, “God’s Good Grace”. Barry Gibb explains “My World”: “it’s not from the album, followed along some of the same musical ideas as ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart'”.[3] As Robin Gibb states in the liner notes of Tales from the Brothers Gibb, “One rollicking little jaunt that me and the lads came up with in downtown Birmingham, England, whilst doing a television show called Golden Shot, the ensuing results being that it went on to be a huge top 20 hit in the UK and the US that left the three of us ‘drooling’ with pleasure.”[3]

The song has a fantastic play of words in the refrain part: “My world is our world, and this world is your world, and your world is my world, and my world is your world is mine”. It was the last single released by the band with Geoff Bridgford as well as the single cover as he left in March that year.

Mr. Natural (song)

“Mr. Natural” is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry and Robin Gibb. On 29 March 1974, it was released as a single and also released on the album of the same name in 1974.[1] It was backed with a folk rock number “It Doesn’t Matter Much to Me”. The group’s first single which was produced by Arif Mardin.

After the band recorded “It Doesn’t Matter Much to Me” and “Voices” in January 4 sessions at IBC Studios, London. The group continued to record two more songs in January 8 including this track and “Had a Lot of Love Last Night” at Command Studios also in London. It was chosen as the first single and later became the title track of the album.[2]

The song is an instance of Robin singing higher harmony to Barry’s lower harmony.

Melody Fair

“Melody Fair” is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb in 1968 and released in 1969 on their album Odessa. It was not released as a single, but this song was played on many radio stations, and was a hit in Japan. Andy Gibb’s 1974 group, named Melody Fayre was named after this song. It also featured as the theme to “Melody”, a British film featuring a number of Bee Gees songs in its soundtrack.

Marley Purt Drive

“Marley Purt Drive” is a song recorded by the Bee Gees, It was written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb and released in March 1969 on the album Odessa.[1] It was released in stereo in the United States in January and its mono version was released in the United Kingdom in March. The remastered version of this song was released on 27 February 2009 on Reprise Records.[2]

For the recording of the song, the basic instrumental line-up of Barry and Maurice Gibb, Vince Melouney and Colin Petersen were joined by bluegrass musicianBill Keith on banjo. This song was recorded in New York City at Atlantic Studios. Two recordings are available, the earlier of these was recorded on August 15 and later appeared on Sketches for Odessa in 2006. The version released on the album was finished at IBC Studios in London on November with the orchestra.[3][4] Barry later explained the recording of “Marley Purt Drive” in a 24 March 2001 interview with Billboard, “[‘Marley Purt Drive’] had a country violinist and banjo player on it because we were listening to American country music at that time”.[5]

It was released as a single in South America in July 1969, backed with “Melody Fair”. The song’s demo is entitled Alternate Mix on Sketches for Odessa and begins with a false start followed by one count but then goes into an almost identical intro. The mix is not really different, and lyrics are the same.[6]

Love So Right

“Love So Right” is a R&B ballad recorded by the Bee Gees. It was the second single released on the album Children of the World.

It was written mainly by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb earlier in 1976. Started to record in January 18, then February 8 and finished in May 8 in Quebec, Canada with the other songs “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”, “Boogie Child”, “Subway”, “The Way It Was” and “You Should Be Dancing”. It was the fourth Bee Gees single to feature Barry Gibb’s falsetto exclusively as the lead vocalist as well as the previous singles, “Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)” and “You Should Be Dancing”.[1]

Love Me (Bee Gees song)

“Love Me” is a song recorded by the Bee Gees, released on the 1976 album Children of the World. It was also included on the compilation album Love from the Bee Gees released only in the UK.[1]

It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb featuring Robin on lead with his falsetto (with Barry on the middle eight evidenced on the outro. This makes this song a curio among latterday group’s tracks, as during the mid and late 1970s Barry sang most of the group’s leads. Robin also sing falsetto for the second time on the group’s 1979 song “Living Together” on the album Spirits Having Flown.[2] As well as on his solo material “Remedy” from the 1985 album Walls Have Eyes.[3]

Lonely Days

“Lonely Days” is a ballad written and performed by the Bee Gees. It appeared on their album 2 Years On, and was released as a single, becoming their first Top Five hit in the US, peaking at number three in the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number one in the Cashbox and Record World charts.

On Friday, 21 August 1970, the three Gibb brothers announced they would reunite and start recording together, nearly 16 months after Robin quit the group. They said later that they wrote “Lonely Days” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” at their first reunion session, but the exact day when they recorded the song is unknown. However, a tape of stereo mixes received at Atlantic in October bears the tantalizing notation “August 20, 1970” which, if true, means the brothers announced the reunion the day after it happened.[1] According to Robin Gibb in a 2001 Billboard interview with the Bee Gees, “That was written on Addison Road in Holland Park in London, in the basement of Barry’s place”.[2]

Living Eyes (song)

“Living Eyes” is a power ballad recorded by the Bee Gees and was released in November 1981 as the second single and title track off the LP of the same name. It was written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. The sound of this single was closer musically to the rest of the album than its predecessor, “He’s a Liar”.

The song starts in A minor with synthesizer played by Albhy Galuten blended with Barry’s voice (mimicking the synthesizer line). On the verses, Barry sings low and high harmony.

“Living Eyes” was a top ten hit on the Australia Kent Music Report Singles Chart,[1] and in Austria. It peaked at No. 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in late 1981;[2] which marked the end of the Gibbs’ Top 40 singles streak which began in 1975 with “Jive Talkin'”.

On its promotional video, Barry, Robin and Maurice perform in front of an audience of children with Barry and Maurice on acoustic guitars while Robin was the only one that didn’t play any instruments. The video was later premiered on Solid Gold.

Jumbo (Bee Gees song)

“Jumbo” is a song released by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. It was released as a double A side with “The Singer Sang His Song” but featured as the lead track in some territories.[1]

“Jumbo” was recorded on January 10 during sessions for the album Idea (though it was not included on the album) on the same day as “Gena’s Theme” and “Bridges Crossing Rivers” (neither of which saw release until the remastered edition of Idea in 2006). The song has a strong emphasis on guitar with two tracks laid down by Vince Melouney[2]

Israel (Bee Gees song)

“Israel” is an enigmatic ballad track[2] written by Barry Gibb. It appeared on the Bee Gees’ 1971 album, Trafalgar.

This track was recorded and finished on 7 April 1971 at the IBC Studios in London, with the two Maurice Gibb composition, “Trafalgar”, “It’s Just the Way”, the Robin Gibb 1970 compositions “Engines, Aeroplanes” and another Barry composition, the ballad “Don’t Wanna Live Inside Myself”.[2]

“Israel” was later released as a single in May 1972 in Belgium,[3] the Netherlands, where it reached No. 22, and in New Zealand. “Dearest” was chosen as the B-side.[1]

Immortality (Celine Dion song)

“Immortality” is a single from Celine Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love. It was released on June 8, 1998 outside the United States. The Bee Gees can be heard on the background vocals, and are credited as special guests on/for the recording.[1] It was used as a theme song for the Brazilian telenovela “Torre de Babel”. For that occasion was release a promo CD Single only in Brazil with various remixes.

“Immortality” was composed especially for Dion by brothers Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb, the members of the Bee Gees, and was produced by Walter Afanasieff. A demo version of the song featuring just the brothers can be found on subsequent greatest hits albums of the Bee Gees.

There are two music videos. The first one, directed by Scott Floyd Lochmus, shows Dion and the Bee Gees in the recording studio in 1997. It was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD. The second one was directed by Randee St. Nicholas and released at the end of July 1998. This more elaborate video deals with themes of love, loss and reincarnation, with a cameo from the Bee Gees themselves.

The song was a commercial success reaching number 2 in Austria and Germany, number 4 in Europe, number 5 in the United Kingdom, and number 8 in Switzerland. In Brazil, the Cuca mixes became very popular. However, the track was never released as a single in the United States, where Sony Music Entertainment instead decided to release “To Love You More.”

“Immortality” was certified platinum in Germany (for over 500,000 copies sold),[2] gold in Sweden (15,000),[3] and silver in France (145,000)[4] and the UK (200,000).

The live version of this song was included on the One Night Only CD and DVD by the Bee Gees, released on November 3, 1998. Dion also performed this song during her Let’s Talk About Love Tour. The song was performed also on British TV programme Top of the Pops on July 1998. For the first time in 16 years, Dion performs the song in her current residency show Celine at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Immortality” became a part of non-American versions of Dion’s later greatest hits: All the Way… A Decade of Song and My Love: Essential Collection.

In 2001, Donny Osmond covered “Immortality” for his 2001 album This Is the Moment. For the 2001 Greatest Hits album “The Record”, The Bee Gees re-recorded the song without Dion’s vocals, instead having Barry Gibb as the lead singer and Maurice and Robin on back-up vocals.

If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else

“If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else” is a country song recorded by the Bee Gees. It was written by Barry and Maurice Gibb. It was the first track on the album Cucumber Castle. A remastered version was released in 1990 on Tales from the Brothers Gibb.[2]

“If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else” was recorded on 25 September 1969 at the IBC Studios in London, same day as “High and Windy Mountain” and “One Bad Thing”. On the next day (September 26) they recorded two new songs that was intended for the album “Turning Tide” and “Sweetheart”.[1]

The song was released in the US as the follow up to Don’t Forget to Remember but it failed to make any impact and stalled at #91. Following this, Barry and Maurice went their separate ways, both releasing solo singles with limited success. Barry and Robin reconciled in the summer of 1970 and the Bee Gees reunited later that year.

I Started a Joke

“I Started a Joke” is a song by the Bee Gees from their 1968 album Idea, which was released as a single in December of that year. It was not released as a single in the United Kingdom, where buyers who could not afford the album had to content themselves with a Polydor version by Heath Hampstead. This is Vince Melouney’s last single with the Bee Gees to feature his guitar work, as he left the band in early December after this song was released as a single.

The song’s B-side was “Kilburn Towers”, except in France, where “Swan Song” was used. “I Started a Joke” was written by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and produced by the Bee Gees with Robert Stigwood.

Cucumber Castle

Cucumber Castle is a 1970 album by the Bee Gees, their seventh album and fifth international release. The album was produced by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robert Stigwood. It consists of songs from their television special of the same name, which was named after a song on their 1967 album Bee Gees’ 1st. Cucumber Castle was the only Bee Gees album not to feature any recorded contributions from Robin Gibb, as he had left the group before the album was recorded. (He did receive co-composer credit on one track, which was written before his departure.)

Cucumber Castle was the last Bee Gees album with drummer Colin Petersen, who was fired during the recording of the album. Pentangle drummer Terry Cox played on the remaining tracks.

This album contained the hit single “Don’t Forget to Remember” which hit No. 2 in the UK in August 1969, going virtually head to head with Robin Gibb’s solo single “Saved by the Bell”, which had reached number No. 2 the previous month. The album struggled to make an impact and stalled at number 57 in the UK and number 94 in the US. Indeed, it was the last Bee Gees album to chart in the UK until Spirits Having Flown in 1979 (though the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, which featured several contributions from the group, topped the UK album chart in 1978).

I Could Not Love You More

“I Could Not Love You More” is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the second single issued from their multi-platinum album, Still Waters, released in 1997. The song is a pop ballad written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb and recorded in Los Angeles in March 1996. The track was produced by the Gibb brothers and David Foster. The track was a moderate hit worldwide, peaking at #14 in the UK and appearing in serious charts all over Europe.

The song’s music video shows the band singing in a black background and on a street, intercut with scenes of a relationship between a man and a woman.

I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” is a rock ballad by the Bee Gees. Released as a single on 7 September 1968, it became their second number-one single on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was also their first US Top 10 hit.

The song is about a man who, awaiting his execution in the electric chair, begs the prison chaplain to pass a final message on to his wife.[2] Robin Gibb, who wrote the lyrics, said that the man’s crime was the murder of his wife’s lover, though the lyrics do not explicitly allude to the identity of the victim. Robin said: “This is about a prisoner on Death Row who only has a few hours to live. He wants the prison chaplain to pass on a final message to his wife. There’s a certain urgency about it. Myself and Barry wrote it. It’s a bit like writing a script. Sometimes you can sit there for three hours with your guitar and nothing will happen. Then in the last ten minutes something will spark.”[3] The song was written with Percy Sledge in mind to record it.[4] Sledge did record it in February 1970 but Atlantic did not issue this version in the United States at the time.

How to Fall in Love, Part 1

“How to Fall in Love (Part 1)” is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the third and final single issued from the album Size Isn’t Everything. After the big hit of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, the Gibb brothers experienced a new European hit with this R&B ballad. The song was the result of one song written by Barry and another song written by Robin, mixed together. The single peaked at number thirty in the UK and dominated the top forty of some European countries.

In other countries in Europe, “Kiss of Life” was released in place of “How to Fall in Love, Part 1”. Polydor affiliates thought the lively “Kiss of Life” more likely to get the charts.

Holiday (Bee Gees song)

“Holiday” is a song released by the Bee Gees. It was not released as a single in their native United Kingdom as Polydor UK released the single “World” from their next album Horizontal, but was released in the United States in September 1967. It appeared on the album Bee Gees’ 1st.[2]

The song was prominently featured in the Korean films Nowhere to Hide and Holiday.

One of the robots sung this song in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “Mitchell”.

Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick song)

“Heartbreaker” is a 1982 single released by American pop and soul singer Dionne Warwick. The song was written by Bee Gees’ Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, with Barry Gibb’s backing vocal being heard on the chorus. It was released from her fourth Arista label studio album of the same name in 1982.

Warwick admitted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt that she was not fond of “Heartbreaker” (regarding the song’s international popularity, she quipped, “I cried all the way to the bank”), but recorded it because she trusted the Bee Gees’ judgment that it would be a hit. It turned out to be Dionne’s most successful solo hit of the 1980s. The Bee Gees recorded a version, with Barry Gibb on lead vocals, which was featured on the album Their Greatest Hits: The Record, as well as their Love Songs album.

Maurice Gibb, who was a co-writer of this song commented, “I cried my eyes out after we wrote it. I drove home and thought, ‘We should be doing this one’, and when she did it, it was brilliant. We sang on it, and it still became like a duet between the Bee Gees and Dionne Warwick”.[1]

He’s a Liar

“He’s a Liar” was the first single from The Bee Gees album Living Eyes released on 19 September 1981.[1] It had been approximately two years since the last Bee Gees single had been released. The song was written by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Unlike the last three Bee Gees albums – which included primarily their established, longstanding studio & touring band – “He’s a Liar” features an array of studio musicians: Don Felder of Eagles on lead guitars; Harold Cowart on bass; Steve Gadd on drums; and Richard Tee on piano. A version with a slightly longer intro was released as a 12-inch single in Germany and later on the Japan only compilation Rare Collection. It was recorded between the months of February and June 1981.[2]

Even though this song sounded nothing like the Bee Gees’ disco-era singles, the backlash had pigeonholed the Bee Gees as a disco act and radio stations were reluctant to play any new Bee Gees music. After six consecutive number-one singles in the US, “He’s a Liar” peaked at #30, which was a far cry from the dizzying heights of their success in the late ’70s.

High Civilization

High Civilization is the Bee Gees’ nineteenth original album (seventeenth worldwide), released in 1991. It was their last album recorded for Warner Bros. Records, after a four-year contract (they would return to WB through subsidiary Reprise Records in 2006: after gaining the rights to their previously released material, they reissued each album through Reprise). Possibly in reaction to firm resistance from US radio to the previous two albums, E.S.P. (1987) and One (1989), which had done well in other countries, the US-based Warner Bros gave this one less promotion and did not issue remixes. They recorded this album and their next album Size Isn’t Everything with engineer Femi Jiya.

In the US, the album was available only on the CD and cassette, but the LP version was released in limited quantities in some countries. While it did not chart in the US, it reached No. 6 in Switzerland, No. 2 in Germany (reaching platinum certification in both countries), No. 24 in the UK and sold 1.1 million copies worldwide.

First of May (Bee Gees song)

“First of May” is a song by the Bee Gees with lead vocals by Barry Gibb, released as a single from their 1969 double album Odessa. Its B-side was “Lamplight”. It also featured as the B-side of “Melody Fair” when that song was released as a single in the Far East in 1971 as well as in 1976 and 1980 on RSO Records.[2] It was the first Bee Gees single to be released after lead guitarist Vince Melouney had left the group.

Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)

“Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)” is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees for their Main Course album in 1975.[3] It was the third single release from the album, and peaked at number 12 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart[4]and reached number two in Canada. Maurice Gibb called “Fanny” as one of his favourite R&B songs of all time.[5]

It was written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. In a 2001 Billboard magazine interview with the Bee Gees, Barry claimed that:

“We had a housecleaner named Fanny when we stayed at 461 Ocean Blvd. [in North Miami Beach] during the making of Main Course. We were sitting in the lounge at Criteria [Studios] writing the song with the lyric idea, ‘Be tender with my love’. Maurice turned round and saw Fanny and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be a better song if it was a woman’s name in there, and you’re asking her to be tender?”.[5]

Recording for “Fanny” took place on 30 January, the same day as “Jive Talkin'”, “Songbird”, and “All This Making Love”. Additional recording took place in February when Barry Gibb began to use his falsetto as a lead vocal in addition to Robin using his falsetto as well sharing the lead on “Fanny” and on backing vocals. The result of this song repeats on the idea of contrasting slower section of “Nights on Broadway”.[6] The complexity of falsetto and natural harmonies would become a Bee Gees trademark culminating with 1979’s Spirits Having Flown. The key of this song in the end, was from keyboardist Blue Weaver. Weaver was influenced by Hall & Oates’ 1973 LP Abandoned Luncheonette as he later admits, “The key change in ‘Fanny (Be Tender)’ was a complete rip-off from Abandoned Luncheonette from ‘She’s Gone’ [also produced by Mardin], I only had it on tape, and I didn’t know that Arif produced it”.[7]

2 Years On

2 Years On is a 1970 album released by the Bee Gees, which reached No. 32 on the US charts, and sold 375,000 copies worldwide. The album saw the return of Robin Gibb to the group after an earlier disagreement and subsequent split following Odessa. 2 Years On was the first album with drummer Geoff Bridgford, who remained a full-time member of the group until 1972 although he was not pictured on the sleeve. The best-known track is “Lonely Days”. Released as the first single by the reunited brothers, it charted high in the US (No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100Nando. 1 on the rival chart Cashbox, )but peaked at No. 33 in the United Kingdom.

Emotion (Samantha Sang song)

“Emotion” is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. It was first recorded by Australian singer Samantha Sang, whose version reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. The Bee Gees recorded their own version of the song in 1994 as part of an album called Love Songs which was never released but it was eventually included on their 2001 collection titled Their Greatest Hits: The Record. In 2001, “Emotion” was covered by the American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. Their version of the song was an international hit, reaching the top ten on the US Hot 100 chart and peaking in the top five on the UK Singles Chart.

Ellan Vannin (poem)

Ellan Vannin (the Manx-language name of the Isle of Man) is a poem and song, often referred to as “the alternative Manx national anthem”, the words of which were written by Eliza Craven Green in 1854 and later set to music by someone called either J. Townsend or F. H. Townend (sources vary).

The Manx-language name Ellan Vannin is commonly mispronounced in renditions of the song, including in the Bee Gees version, since written Manx uses an orthography based on Welsh rather than Irish/Scots gaelic, which does not accurately transcribe the “ʲə” sound found in the word for “island” in spoken Manx Gaelic. The correct pronunciation is [ˈɛlʲən ˈvanɪn].

Edge of the Universe (song)

“Edge of the Universe” is a rock song by the Bee Gees, Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb from the album Main Course released in 1975, and also released as a B-side of “Nights on Broadway”.

In 1975, the Bee Gees moved their operations to Miami Beach, Florida at the suggestion of Eric Clapton following his comeback album 461 Ocean Boulevard the year before. The group recorded an album with famed R&B producer Arif Mardin called Mr. Natural in 1974 with little commercial success. The album did, however, turn the Gibbs towards a new sound compared to the kind of music the brothers were producing in the early-1970s. This new flavored sound carried over on to their next album, 1975’s Main Course, also produced by Arif Mardin.

The Bee Gees had formed the nucleus of their band in early 1975 with Blue Weaver on keyboards, Alan Kendall on lead guitar and Dennis Bryon on drums. Also part of the Bee Gees to mid to late-1970s sound was The Boneroo Horns brought to Miami in 1973 by Dr. John. Recording for “Edge of the Universe” took place on a 30 January, the same day as “Jive Talkin'”, “Songbird”, “Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)” and “All This Making Love”.[1]

E.S.P. (song)

“E.S.P.” was a single by the Bee Gees. Released in 1987, it was the follow-up to their successful single “You Win Again”. The a cappella intro found on the album version was edited out for radio airplay.

The original title of the song is “XTC” or “Ecstasy” before the Gibbs realized that it sounded like a drug reference so they changed it to “E.S.P.” Barry handles most lead vocal duties for this song while Robin sing a few lines and edges into falsetto for the choruses.[1]

The demo of “E.S.P.” was released in 1990 on the box set Tales from the Brothers Gibb, Like “You Win Again” it has the same drum program as the demo, and the same main vocal tracks, and it was speeded up by the same amount (103.25%), raising it a little more than a quarter tone, The finished version has a new a cappella opening and reaches the start of the demo at 0:33, There are seven edits, Both times through, four beats are dropped before the second verse (“There’s danger”), The last two edits are additions going into the end, around 3:20, Not long after that the finished version has different ad lib vocals into the fade, Rhett Lawrence and Robbie Kondor are again the main musicians on the track.[1]

Don’t Forget to Remember

“Don’t Forget to Remember” also called Don’t Forget to Remember Me is a country ballad recorded by the Bee Gees, from the album Cucumber Castle. The song was written by Barry and Maurice Gibb. It was produced by the band with Robert Stigwood.

The song’s genre is country like much of what Maurice and Barry wrote together without input from their brother Robin, but all three brothers have written in the medium at other times, most notably the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton hit “Islands in the Stream”, and its parent album Eyes That See in the Dark.[1]

The song was recorded at 7 May 1969 same day as the unreleased track “Who Knows What a Room Is”. Barry Gibb’s lead vocal was in a lower register than usual.[2] Peter Mason, Robin’s intended replacement in the group originally sang harmony vocals on the song, as Mason explains, “I did some harmonies, I remember doing three songs, there was ‘Don’t Forget to Remember’ and I put the harmony down on that and two other songs. [I don’t know] whether it’s a tryout, although he’d said before that he wanted me, because we sat and sang together.”[3]

Mason also explained: “When I sit and listen to ‘Don’t Forget to Remember’ I can’t really tell whether it’s me or not. He ran the tracks and said, ‘Can you put a harmony to that?'”. The song also sticks out in Mason’s memory.[3]

Come On Over (Bee Gees song)

“Come On Over” is a ballad written by Barry and Robin Gibb and recorded by the Bee Gees for their album Main Course, with lead vocals by Robin, joined by Barry in the chorus of the song. A live version was recorded in Los Angeles during their Children of the World Tour and appeared on their first live album Here at Last…Bee Gees…Live. The song was more reminiscent of their older style compared to the new R&B sound of “Jive Talkin'” and “Nights on Broadway”. It would become a #1 adult contemporary hit for Olivia Newton-John in 1976.

Charade (Bee Gees song)

“Charade” is a ballad written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb released in 1974 by the Bee Gees. It was the third and final single released from the Mr. Natural album. This track was edited to 3:14 for its single version. Like the parent album, the single was not a hit and only managed to climb to #31 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in late 1974. It did reach the Top 10 in Chile, peaking at #7.

This song was recorded on 20 December 1973 in IBC Studios, London and made full use of Arif Mardin’s talents as arranger, with Phil Bodner’s clarinet solo at the song’s instrumental break. Three days later, the Bee Gees and the backing band spent some time crossfading this track into “Throw a Penny” with a quiet sound effect and “Throw a Penny” into “Down the Road” with a newly recorded link track.[1]

The singer said that they made their love in the sand at summer nights and they held their love hand in hand at the dawn and they listened to the ocean where the music is playing, the words on the music is about their two hearts were saying that only two lovers can hear. They can follow the sun until the daylight is gone they can gaze at the sky until the night is over, the light of his life as she was welcome to his charade.[2] This track has also a gripping chorus, ethereal harmonies and deserves to be around for years to come.[3]

The song starts with a Fender Rhodes electric piano played by Geoff Westley. On 0:46, Arif Mardin’s orchestra and strings arrangement was heard. At 1:16, Robin Gibb takes the lead vocal his first line on this song was And this feeling. At 2:19, the instrumental break was started as Phil Bodner’s clarinet was heard.[4]

Boogie Child

“Boogie Child” is the third hit single from the Bee Gees’ 1976 platinum album Children of the World, released in the US in early 1977. The song peaked at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 as an A-side and was then used as the B-side of the single “Children of the World” in the UK. It was the last song recorded by the Bee Gees for their album Children of the World.

“Boogie Child” perhaps evolved from the unreleased “Boogie Summer” (recorded on 2 April). It was one of the two songs, alongside “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”, that was the last new tracks recorded for the album.[3] “Boogie Child” was released as a single at the start of 1977 with “Lovers” as the B-side. In the UK, RSO Records issued “Children of the World” as the third single from the album with “Boogie Child” as the B-side.[4] In New Zealand, “Children of the World” was chosen as the B-side of this single.[5]

In December 1976, before the release of the single, the Bee Gees performed it at their concert at The Forum, Los Angeles which appears on their first concert album Here at Last… Bee Gees… Live released in May 1977. The original audio of “Boogie Child” on that concert, which features uncredited background vocalists, was replaced by Barry’s background vocals when it was mixed in April 1977 in France.

Bodyguard (Bee Gees song)

“Bodyguard” was the second American single from the Bee Gees’ One album. In Europe and Asia, the A-side was “Tokyo Nights” instead of “Bodyguard”. In Brazil, it was “Wish You Were Here”.

Lead vocals are provided by Robin Gibb.

The original video was deemed too sexual and was subsequently toned down. The controversy of the video hurt airplay of the single, though it charted well in the Adult Contemporary market reaching number 9.[1]

And the Sun Will Shine

“And the Sun Will Shine” is a song by the British rock band Bee Gees, it was written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb and released in February 1968 on the album Horizontal. The song’s opening chord was D7, consisting of the notes D, F♯, A, and C.

It was released as a single in France backed with “Really and Sincerely” and reached #66 there.[2]

The earliest session for Horizontal was really just a demo date to tape rough versions of the brothers’ new songs. Venturing to Denmark Street (known as London’s Tin Pan Alley), the Bee Gees booked Central Sound for July 17, quickly cutting several tracks.[3]

Alone (Bee Gees song)

“Alone” is a song by the Bee Gees. It is the opening track on the multi-platinum Still Waters album released by the Bee Gees in 1997, and the first single from the album. The song is a pop ballad written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb recorded in 1996. The track was a big hit worldwide, peaking at number 5 in the UK and dominating the charts in Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia at number 1. In the US the single peaked at number 28, making it their final top 40 hit in that country, after being a Billboard “Hot Shot” debut at number 34.

Barry and Robin Gibb alternate on lead vocals on the track, with both mostly using the group’s trademark falsetto.

Maurice Gibb explained about the track:

“That was one of the first ones we wrote for the album. I really remember having a good time writing it. We were sort of set up in the studio here with the three of us just together and I got some bagpipe sounds. We were just screwing around. And BG programmed this groove on the computer. We thought it was cool. We don’t actually go in and plan to write a ballad or an R&B song. We just say, ‘Let’s go that route.’ And we’ll follow it. And ‘Alone’ came out of that. I love the line ‘I’m on a wheel of fortune with a twist of fate.’ Because of the harmony and that chorus, it was like a bit of ’50s as well. And I like the idea of being that sort of Beatlesque type of song. I wanted that rambling. That sort of Byrds type, the 12-string thing going, but we just did it with the bagpipes instead and made it all connect. It was a very exciting demo. We weren’t too sure about the bagpipes, but Robin actually persisted. He said, ‘They’re great; you gotta keep the bagpipes.'”[citation needed]

Alive (Bee Gees song)

“Alive” is a ballad recorded by the Bee Gees for their album To Whom It May Concern. It was the second and last single from the album released on 10 November 1972 worldwide. The song was credited to Barry and Maurice Gibb and produced by the Gibbs and their manager Robert Stigwood.[1]

It was another piano ballad (customary for Bee Gees singles during this period), which Barry has noted that he doesn’t even remember writing. As mastered for the album, the inherent dynamic range in the vocal and piano has unfortunately been compressed almost out of existence, but it still comes across as an expressive ballad.

“Alive” was recorded on 21 October 1971, with “My World” was already recorded that previous week. Geoff Bridgford’s drum work on this song, made his last appearance on any Bee Gees singles after he left in January 1972 (The previous single, “Run to Me” was recorded after Bridgford’s departure).[2]

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