Morning Show Music Trivia–September 1: Barry Gibb


Happy September 1st, y’all….

Today is Barry Gibb’s 70th birthday! Sadly, Barry is the only living member of the band left with Maurice passing in 2003 and Robin in 2012.

The brothers formed a songwriting partnership in 1966 and had a very successful run at the charts long before the disco era with songs like, “I’ve Got To Get a Message To You”, “I Started a Joke” (both in 1968), “Lonely Days” (1970), and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (1971). The Gibbs actually started their assent up the charts again with dance music beginning with the album, “Main Course” (1975), and “Children of the World” (1977), but of course it was the Soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” which sent them into the stratosphere.

Left out of most stories about the Bee Gees was the massive hit streak that Barry achieved as a singer AND a songwriter. Below is a list of hits he was involved with in the late 70s.

Songs Written for the Bee Gees/Barry solo/Andy Gibb

Stayin’ Alive

How Deep is Your Love

Night Fever

Too Much Heaven

You Should Be Dancing


Guilty (duet with Barbara Streisand)

Jive Talkin’

Nights on Broadway

More than a Woman

All Three Number 1’s Hits for Robin Gibb

For Others:

Frankie Valli–Grease

Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton–Islands in the Stream

Samantha Sang–Emotion (Later done in 2001 by Destiny’s Child)

Yvonne Elliman–If I Can’t Have You

Barbara Streisand–Woman In Love

Diana Ross–Chain Reaction

Olivia Newton John–Come On Over

John Travolta/Olivia Newton John–Your the One that I Want

A pretty impressive list if I do say so myself.  Gibb shares the record with John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney for consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number ones as a writer with six. Guinness World Records lists Gibb as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Sir Paul McCartney.

Now, for Thursday morning’s playlist…..

Bee Gees—Night Fever

Eagles—One of These Nights

Fleetwood Mac—Landslide

Crosby, Stills and Nash—Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

Roy Orbison—Oh, Pretty Woman

Gloria Estefan—Conga

Tommy Roe—Shelia

Peter, Paul and Mary—Leaving on a Jet Plane

Crowded House—Something So Strong

Yvonne Elliman—If I Can’t have You

The Trashcan Sinatras—Obscurity Knocks

Faces—Stay With Me

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