I Am the World

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"I Am The World"
Single by Bee Gees
A-side "Spicks and Specks"
Released September 1966 (1966-09) (Australia)
February 1967 (1967-02) (United Kingdom)
Recorded June - July 1966
Genre Folk, Country
Length 2:35
Label Spin (Australia)
Polydor (United Kingdom)
Writer(s) Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Nat Kipner
Bee Gees B-side singles chronology
"All of My Life"
(1966)
I Am the World
(1966)
"Big Chance"
(1967)

"I Am The World" is the song by the Bee Gees written and lead vocals by Robin Gibb, it was released as a B-side of "Spicks and Specks". It was a non-album single. Later, it was re-released on the compilation Rare, Precious and Beautiful, Vol. 3 in 1969. It featured the trumpet played by Geoff Grant. Its CD version was released in 1998 on the compilation Brilliant from Birth.[1]

Recording[edit]

It was the last recorded on the last month of Spicks and Specks sessions which was started in June until July 1966, recorded the same time as the title track. After this song, they recorded a number of songs which was later included on Inception/Nostalgia (1970). Trumpeter Geoff Grant recalls "I Am the World" along with four songs "Spicks and Specks", "All by Myself" and "The Storm" that he was working three nights recording that songs.[1] It was one of the first songs written by Robin alone.

Personnel[edit]

Robin Gibb version[edit]

"I Am the World"
Single by Robin Gibb
Released 11 September 2014
Recorded 2008
Label Rhino
Writer(s) Robin Gibb
Peter-John Vettese
Producer(s) Peter-John Vettese
Robin Gibb singles chronology
"Don't Cry Alone"
(2012)
"I Am the World"
(2014)
"Days of Wine and Roses"
(2014)

Robin Gibb recorded his own version in 2008. For the first time, it was released on his first posthumous album 50 St. Catherine's Drive (2014). It was rewritten with Peter-John Vettese who produced the album.[2] It was chosen as the album's first single released in 11 September 2014 and was added to BBC Radio 2 playlist.[3]

In the UK, Reprise Records issued a promotional single of "I Am the World".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was first cover by Australian singer Johnny Young (a friend of the Gibbs) and used as the B-side of "Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts" (the song was originally performed by the Bee Gees and first released on the album Bee Gees' 1st). Young's version was released by Polydor in the United Kingdom and Clarion Records in Australia in August 1967.[5][1][6]

Bev Harrell covered "I Am the World" released as the B-side of "One Way Ticket" in October 1968.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1966". 
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 2008". 
  3. ^ Bee Gees News - 2014
  4. ^ "Robin Gibb - I Am the World at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967". 
  6. ^ Discogs.com. "Johnny Young - Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts". 

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