Holiday (Bee Gees song)

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"Holiday"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees' 1st
B-side "Red Chair Fade Away"[1]
Released September 1967 (United States)
October 1967 (Australia)
Format 7", 45 rpm
Recorded 21 April 1967
IBC Studios, London
Genre Blues, soft rock, baroque pop
Length 2:52
Label Polydor (United Kingdom, Canada)
Atco (United States, Mexico)
Spin (Australia, New Zealand)
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne
Bee Gees singles chronology
"To Love Somebody"
(1967)
"Holiday"
(1967)
"Massachusetts"
(1967)


Music sample
Bee Gees' 1st track listing

"Holiday" is a song released by the Bee Gees. It was not released as a single in their native United Kingdom as Polydor UK released the single "World" from their next album Horizontal, but was released in the United States in September 1967. It appeared on the album Bee Gees' 1st[2] The song's flipside was "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" in the US but "Red Chair, Fade Away" was used in other territories.[1]

The song is haunting, even eerie, having been composed primarily in a minor key with a strong orchestral presence. Brothers Barry and Robin Gibb who also wrote the song share lead vocals. There was also a promo video made for this song. The song remained a concert favourite for over 30 years, and Maurice Gibb often provided the audience with comedic antics by attempting many failed attempts to join Barry & Robin while singing this song. Evidence of this can be seen in a 1989 "One for all Tour" concert video where Maurice takes a camera from a film cameraman standing nearby and films Barry and Robin as they sing the song.

The song was recorded during the same session as "To Love Somebody" around April 1967.[3]

Singer Claudine Longet covered the song on her 1968 LP "Love Is Blue". American rock singer Ian Lloyd covered the song on his 1979 LP Goose Bumps. In 1979, the short-lived R&B/Disco group Moulin Rouge covered it as well as other early Bee Gees songs. The song was prominently featured in the Korean films Nowhere to Hide and Holiday.

Chart performance[edit]

Charts Peak
position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 18
French SNEP Singles Chart 18
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts 3
Spanish Singles Chart 10
Denmark Danish Top 20 Charts 15
US Billboard Hot 100 16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - Holiday releases". 
  2. ^ Show 49 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library
  3. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967". 

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