I Am the World
|"I Am The World"|
|Single by Bee Gees|
|A-side||"Spicks and Specks"|
February 1967 (United Kingdom)
|Recorded||June - July 1966|
Polydor (United Kingdom)
|Bee Gees B-side singles chronology|
"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.
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. It was one of the first songs written by Robin alone.
- Robin Gibb — lead vocals
- Maurice Gibb — bass, piano, guitar
- Barry Gibb - guitar
- Colin Petersen — drums
- Geoff Grant — trumpet
- Uncredited musicians — horns
- 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.
- Bev Harrell covered "I Am the World" released as the B-side of "One Way Ticket" in October 1968.
- It was re-recorded by Robin Gibb in 2008 and was included on the album 50 St. Catherine's Drive but it was not released.
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1966".
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967".
- Discogs.com. "Johnny Young - Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts".
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 2008".