And the Sun Will Shine

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"And the Sun Will Shine"
And the Sun Will Shine.jpg
Label from the France single, released in 1968 with "Really and Sincerely" as the B-side
Song by Bee Gees from the album Horizontal
Released February 1968 (1968-02)
Recorded 17, 30 July, 1, 10 August, 28 October 1967
Genre Folk, baroque pop
Length 3:26 (mono)
3:33 (stereo)
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Writer Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Horizontal track listing

"And the Sun Will Shine" is a song by the British rock band Bee Gees, it was written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb and released in February 1968 on the album Horizontal. It was released as a single in France and its B-side was "Really and Sincerely".

The first live performances of this song was performed in 1968 most notably on On 4 February 1968, the group performed this song on The Smothers Brothers, their first American performance.[1] And they performed this song at Melbourne, Australia in 1974 on their Mr. Natural tour. And in 1997 they performed this song at Las Vegas, Nevada in 1997 on their One Night Only tour.

Background and recording[edit]

The earliest session for Horizontal was really just a demo date to tape rough versions of the brothers' new songs. Venturing to Denmark Street (known as London's Tin Pan Alley), the Bee Gees booked Central Sound for July 17, quickly cutting several tracks.[2]

Barry Gibb recalls about the recording of this track:

"'And the Sun Will Shine' was a one-day event, I remember very well the engineer in that studio had a trap door in the ceiling where the soundproof room was! They must have decided that the engineer needed to be safe. You could make as much music as possible, but you couldn't get up into that soundproof room. And The Sun Will Shine' definitely had the potential to be something and, in fact, that's what we ended up with, the song on the spot. We never rerecorded it".

Robin Gibb said:

That's one of my favorites too, It was a very emotional song, but a lot of the words just came ad-libbed. The song actually wasn't planned. We just played the record down and sang it as we felt it. We kept the original demo the way it was and [later] just added the orchestra. It's got a great feeling to it, a great atmosphere, a sometimes you know you can't recapture that feelin’ if you keep recording something.

This song was the second track they recorded for the album after the song "Ring My Bell". This song was recorded in July 17 and 30, continued in August 1 and 10 and finally finished in October 28, The second version of this song was recorded in July 25 but it was rejected. This song has a solo vocal that Robin famously did in one take, inventing some of the lyrics on the spot.[3]


Cover versions[edit]

In 1968, Former Manfred Mann vocalist/harmonica player Paul Jones recorded this song and released as a single (also in that year),and its B-side was "The Dog Presides". With Paul McCartney on drums, Jeff Beck on guitar, Paul Samwell-Smith of The Yardbirds on bass and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. McCartney plays drums on this song but was uncredited on Columbia release of the song.[4][5]

Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano covered this song and was released in August 1969 on the RCA Records, and its B-side was "Rain".[6] The Feliciano version ranked 25th in UK Hit Parade.[7][1]

Personnel (Paul Jones version)[edit]


  1. ^ a b Andrew Hughes. The Bee Gees: Tales Of The Brothers Gibb. Music Sales Group. ISBN 0857120042. 
  2. ^ a b c Sandoval, Andrew. "Bee Gees - Horizontal at Album Liner Notes". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967". 
  4. ^ "Paul Jones: And The Sun Will Shine". 
  5. ^ Dino Scatena (January 28, 2012). "It's so easy for music impresario Peter Asher". The Australian. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jose Feliciano: And The Sun Will Shine". 
  7. ^ Dafydd Rees, Luke Crampton. Rock stars encyclopedia. DK Pub., 1999. ISBN 0789446138.