Forty-three years ago, the Bee Gees had their first number one hit in the U.S. with “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” The band, consisting of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice, experienced some success as singers/songwriters in the 1960s, especially in Australia and their native England. They took off like a rocket, however, when they turned to disco in the mid-1970s. They wrote half of the songs on the blockbuster soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever and five of the six songs they sang became number one hits: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” and “You Should Be Dancing.” “More Than a Woman” peaked at 32. The Bee Gee’s-penned “If I Can’t Have You” was a number one hit for Yvonne Elliman.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
A Bee Gee’s song has been adopted by the American Heart Association to assist those performing hands-only CPR (as opposed to including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Humming which song allows chest compressions at the recommended speed and rhythm?
a) “Night Fever”
b) “Jive Talkin’”
c) “You Should Be Dancing”
d) “Stayin’ Alive”
CLIP OF THE DAY
Check out the very groovy pre-disco Bee Gees in all their 1971 finery performing “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it's all right. It's OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times' effect on man.
Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.
~The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”
PIC OF THE DAY
DID YOU KNOW…
The Bee Gees had nine Billboard Hot 100 singles to reach number one. They rank third after The Supremes with 12 and The Beatles with 20.
d) “Stayin’ Alive” can help you stay alive! The song’s upbeat tempo is 103 beats per minute, the perfect rate for CPR.