5-13-13 Bee Gees
On 5/13/67 The Bee Gees 45 “New York Mining Disaster 1941” charts at No. 12 in England. 5/10/80 Magazine “The Correct Use of Soap” LP charts at No. 28 in England.
46 years hence, this is still a hip Bee Gees 45! For the US, they had a great run of singles in the 60’s:
NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 ATCO US 45-6487
TO LOVE SOMEBODY / CLOSE ANOTHER DOOR ATCO US 45-6503
HOLIDAY / EVERY CHRISTIAN LION HEARTED MAN… ATCO US 45-6521
MASSACHUSETTS / SIR GEOFFREY SAVED THE WORLD ATCO US 45-6532
WORDS / SINKING SHIPS ATCO US 45-6548
JUMBO / SINGER SANG HIS SONG ATCO US 45-6570
I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU / KITTY CAN ATCO US 45-6603
I STARTED A JOKE / KILBURN TOWERS ATCO US 45-6639
FIRST OF MAY / LAMPLIGHT ATCO US 45-6657
TOMORROW TOMORROW / SUN IN MY MORNING ATCO US 45-6682
Of course, they had a set of 45’s from Australia that totally pre-date this set! But that secret’s almost ‘secret’; as much as it is history! Check it out sometime when you think you know everything about pop music! Is it Bee Gees or Beegees or Barry Gibb’s Bee gees?
There’s a disparity between the US & UK singles, of course. And “Words” wasn’t on an LP – at the time (nor was “Sir Geoffrey Saved The World”!). And the US LP’s are different, too – album #2 (“Horizontal”) and album #3 (“Idea”) both had different covers between the countries. Do you have a red crushed velour cover on your copy of “Odessa”?
In England there were 3 volumes of “Rare, Precious & Beautiful”, but the US only ever got the first 2 volumes – of their “Australian” pre-England singles / album tracks. I think it was common knowledge that “Spicks and Specks” had been a big single elsewhere in the world, but not in the US.
Funny, but I don’t remember The Bee Gees ever playing a concert here, until much, much later on. Surely they must’ve?!?
After the above 45’s, you get the splintering of the group – Robin Gibb tries a solo career, then comes back to the fold. The Bee Gees albums when it’s just 2 of them is kinda sad; but they’re still great albums, things like “Cucumber Castle”!
But you NEED the album known as “Bee Gees First”; it’s got 14 songs, mellotron and the exact sound of 1967. I remember the debate as to whether or not the Bee Gees knew The Beatles – they certainly sounded a bit like them! While you’re at it, get the 2CD Deluxe version as released by Reprise Records a few years back; I think they are still around, in stores. Or any old LP will do, too!