Run to Me (Bee Gees song)

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"Run To Me"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album To Whom It May Concern
B-side "Road to Alaska"
Released 7 July 1972
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 12 April 1972
IBC Studios, London
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:11
Label Polydor
Atco (US/CA)
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"My World"
(1972)
"Run To Me"
(1972)
"Alive"
(1972)
Music sample

"Run to Me" is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the lead single and released in 7 July 1972[1] and first track on the group's 1972 album To Whom It May Concern. The song reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 20.

Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Lead vocals by Barry Gibb on the verses and Robin Gibb on the chorus.

Writing and recording[edit]

Robin Gibb recalls on The Mail on Sunday in 1 November 2009:

We wrote this is at our manager Robert Stigwood's house in Beverly Hills. He was a great visionary and championed our beliefs and chemistry as brothers. Lyrically, this song chronicles the wishes of a man who longs to be noticed by a broken-hearted girl.[2]

Robin also recalls, "We recorded 'Run to Me' and Andy Williams cut it on his LP. If Andy Williams came up to us and said write a song and we wrote 'Run to Me' for him, he probably wouldn't have recorded it. But we recorded it and then he recorded it."[3]

"Run to Me" was recorded in 12 April 1972 at London's IBC Studios same day as "Bad Bad Dreams" and "Please Don't Turn Out The Lights". It was very much in the mold of the last two successful singles, "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself" and "My World". The song has a straight verse-chorus number with vocal by both Barry and Robin. Maurice sings in a very low key along with Robin in the chorus which is barely audible, something he rarely did in concert when they performed this song.[4]

Release and live performances[edit]

"Run to Me" saw the Bee Gees return to the UK Top 10 after a three-year absence, climbing to #9 while in the US it reached #16. The first Bee Gees single without drummer Geoff Bridgford as he left the band in January that year.

A promotional video for this song was filmed in black and white, features Barry and Robin stands in front of Maurice's grand piano holding only a microphone.[5]

One of its performances was on 22 June 1973, the same day when the Bee Gees and Wilson Pickett introduces the Steve Miller Band.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

1970s
1980s
2000s
  • 2000: Oscar de la Hoya from his 2000 self-titled album, his version peaked at number twenty-three on the Adult Contemporary, while the Spanish version "Ven a Mi" peaked at number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
  • 2006: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs included a version on their CD Under the Covers, Vol. 1, a collaboration featuring covers of some of their favourite songs from the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 2007: the Dutch version of Ugly Betty saw its main character mocking the song in duet with her close friend Niek (dressed as the bespectacled Towers) singing through bananas.
  • 2007: 54 Seconds covered this song and included on A Song for My Father. Lead vocalist Spencer Gibb dedicated the song to his father Robin Gibb.[23]
2010s
  • Barry Gibb performed the song in his first solo concert in 2012, and then was a part of his Mythology Tour (2013-2014).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat - The Bee Gees - Run to Me/Road to Alaska". 45cat. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bee Gees - "Run to Me"". Songfacts. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "1972 Bee Gees - Run to Me (Good Sound)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bee Gees - Run to Me". YouTube. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. December 23, 1972. p. 45. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts". Go-Set. October 7, 1972. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (DOC). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. September 23, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. November 18, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. October 7, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 2" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bee Gees - Run To Me". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Songs from the Year 1972". tsort.info. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "BEE GEES - UK CHART HISTORY". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bee Gees - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. September 30, 1972. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  19. ^ http://tsort.info/music/yr1972.htm
  20. ^ http://www.bullfrogspond.com/whitburn/1972wye.htm
  21. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/70s_files/1972YESP.html
  22. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Finder of Lost Loves - Dionne Warwick". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Various - A Song For My Father". Discogs. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

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