(Love Is) Thicker Than Water

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"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Flowing Rivers
B-side "Words and Music" (US)
"Flowing Rivers" (UK)
Released September 1977
Format 7"
Recorded Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
October 1976
Genre Disco, funk, R&B, soul
Length 3:18
4:15 (stereo)
Label RSO Records
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Andy Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"I Just Want To Be Your Everything"
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
"Shadow Dancing"

"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" is a song recorded by Andy Gibb. It was released in 1978. It was his second single that topped the US Billboard Hot 100. It was written by his brother Barry Gibb with Andy himself. The B-side of this song was "Words and Music" in the US, but "Flowing Rivers" in the UK.[1]

Recording and release[edit]

"(Love Is) Thicker than Water" was recorded in October 1976 at the Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, during the same time as "I Just Want to Be Your Everything". On the two tracks, Joe Walsh of Eagles played guitar. Although Andy said the composition was almost entirely Barry’s work, some say it does sound a little closer to Andy's style.[2] The song was certified Gold in the United States on 16 February 1978.

As evidence of the Gibb brothers' US chart domination in 1978, atop the 4 March 1978 Hot 100 the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" was displaced by this song,[3] which in turn was displaced two weeks later by the Bee Gees' "Night Fever", which in turn was displaced eight weeks later by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You". Since Barry Gibb had a hand in writing all four of these songs, he became the only person in history to write four consecutive US number-one singles, a feat unmatched to this day. The song was released in February 1978 in Netherlands.[4]

On 7 October 1977 Andy performed the song, and "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", on The Midnight Special.


  1. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1977". Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1976". Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Andy Gibb's Billboard singles history". Rovi Corporation / Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Andy Gibb - (Love Is) Thicker than Water". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
Preceded by
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
4-11 March 1978
Succeeded by
"Night Fever" by The Bee Gees