Bee Gees Words

Three Best Bee Gees Songs From The 60′s

Bee Gees Words

Say what you want about the Bee Gees and their falsettos and their disco success. They were among the ’60s and ’70s most adept songwriters, authors of more than their share of classics. Here are the Three Best Bee Gees Songs from the ’60s.

3. “Words”

Like “To Love Somebody,” this song was written at the request of Robert Stigwood for another artist: Cliff Richard. When Richard took too long to get it done, the band recorded and released it in October 1967.

A simple tune sung by Barry, it’s a magnificent ballad that blends the emotive style of the ’50s tearjerker with the sparse arrangement of ’60s folk (like Cliff Richard singing a Donovan song).

2. “Massachusetts”

Throughout their careers, the Bee Gees proved themselves masters of the medium-tempo ballad.

An eventual #1 in the UK (and the second song played with the launch of BBC Radio 1), “Massachusetts” blends the orchestral intensity of “To Love Somebody” with the simple lyricism of “Words.” It is, indeed, one of the most beautiful pop ballads of the ’60s.

1. “To Love Somebody”

The reason this is such a soulful tune is that it was written for Otis Redding on the request of the Bee Gees manager, Robert Stigwood. Redding before it would be recorded so we’ll never know what it would’ve sounded like in his hands.

In the hands of Barry, Maurice and Robin, the song they recorded at IBC studios in March 1967 became a tender ballad of longing, an iconic pop standard and an example of ’60s pop orchestration at its best.

The Whispers, 1980

Top 10 Rhythm And Blues Hits of 1980

10. The Whispers – “And the Beat Goes On”

Enough Spandex to clothe a small country.

9. Diana Ross – “Upside Down”

Diana gets her [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chic[/lastfm] on.

8. The Whispers – “Lady”

One of the best soul ballads of the early ’80s, bar none.

7. Ray, Goodman and Brown – “Special Lady”

In the style of the great standup soul groups…play these two back to back…

6. Jimmy Ruffin – “Hold On to My Love”

Jimmy Ruffin puts some classic Motown groove on the pops

McFadden and Whitehead, Ain't No Stoppin Us Now

One Hit Wonders: McFadden And Whitehead

“I guess that after 22 gold singles, two platinum albums and two Grammy awards (writing for others), we simply felt we wanted to do something for ourselves.” So said John Whitehead about the hit, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.”

mcfadden and whitehead 385 [3/8] One Hit Wonders: McFadden And Whiteheads Aint No Stoppin Us Now

John Whitehead was one half of the duo of McFadden and Whitehead, childhood friends whose time together dated back to the 60s when they toured with Otis Redding.

After Redding died, McFadden and Whitehead went to work with James Knight under the name Talk of The Town. When no one talked about Talk of the Town, the pair’s music career looked to be over.

Then, one night while sitting at a kitchen table, the songwriters came up with “Back Stabbers,” one of the biggest selling records of all time for the O’Jays. McFadden and Whitehad-penned hits for Melba Moore and Teddy Pendergrass followed before the duo released their first album in 1979.

Within months, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” had climbed to the top of the charts, landing at #12 on the pop roster, #1 on the R&B charts and selling 8 million copies.


Anita Ward - Ring My Bell (Juana, 1979)

One Hit Wonders: Anita Ward

Anita Ward - Ring My Bell (Juana, 1979)

Anita WardRing My Bell (Juana, 1979)

“‘Ring My Bell’ was almost an accident,” said Anita Ward about her only single to hit the Billboard Top 40.

“When we went into the studio we no intention whatsoever of cutting a disco number,” Anita Ward once told Cashbox magazine. “We were down to our last number in the studio, and we realized that we needed something uptempo.”

That uptempo tune turned out to be “Ring My Bell,” a song that producer, songwriter, label chief (and Syn-drum player) Frederick Knight had intended for 11-year old Stacy Lattisaw. When the song wasn’t placed with Lattisaw’s people, it got a rewrite and a spin during Ward’s sessions.

It paid off: the song climbed to #1 on the pop chart in June 30, 1979. Ward’s first album, Songs of Love, sold well but a subsequent single, “Don’t Drop My Love,” dropped off the chart at #87, dropping Anita Ward into the category of One-Hit Wonder.

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Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Top 10 Rock Hits Of 1979

Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

New Wave had fully infiltrated the top of the singles charts by the time 1979 had rolled around. Here are the Top 10 Rock Hits of 1979, guaranteed to inspire the return of skinny ties.

10. Fleetwood Mac – “Tusk”

Actually one of the few songs to make the Top 10 that wasn’t from the world of New Wave. Though people dancing around with tubas is a touch punky, don’t you think?

9. Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

No less bombastic, Queen found their way into both the discotheques and the biker bars … well, kind of.

8. Nick Lowe – “Cruel To Be Kind”

Read about this one in our One Hit Wonders section.

7. The Cars – “Let’s Go”

Not as good as the worst song on their debut but cool enough.

6. John Stewart – “Gold”

With Stevie Nicks in tow, JS enjoyed his moment in the sun (but is still one of the best folk songwriters ever, hits or not).