Words and Music (song)

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"Words and Music"
Single by Andy Gibb
B-side "Westfield Mansions"
Released November 1975 (Australia)
Format 7"
Recorded ATA Sound Studio, 1975
Genre Soft rock, folk rock
Length 3:35
Label ATA
Writer(s) Andy Gibb
Producer(s) Col Joye
Andy Gibb singles chronology
Words and Music
"I Just Want to Be Your Everything"

"Words and Music" was the first single released by Andy Gibb, it was a non-album single and this song was reached #78 in Australia and #29 in New Zealand, despite this, it has been played on radio, becoming one of Gibb's well-known songs.

This single was never issued on LP or CD. This single and its B-side "Westfield Mansions" was released in Australia as a double A. Unlike his later songs in the late 1970s, his voice on this track was low. He performs this song on Countdown in September 7, 1975.[1]


This song was produced by Col Joye, who also produces the Bee Gees' first singles in Australia.

On the 1975 recording, Gibb only played guitar, arranged by Billy Weston and engineered by Ron Patton. He also recorded "To a Girl", "Take Hold of Yourself", "Madman in the Night", "You've Got to Live Your Life", "Turn Me On", "Walkin' Alone", "Too Many People", "Mister Lover", "Blackbush City Lost", "Gone with the Wind" and "Winter Has Me In Its Grip" (a Don McLean song). The song "To a Girl" was originally as a second single backed by "Walking Along" but none of the songs was released. [2]

He re-recorded this song in 1976 for his album Flowing Rivers released in 1977. and later it was released as a B-side of "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water".[3] The 1976 version was produced by Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson.[4]


Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 78
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 29


  1. ^ "Andy Gibb - Words & Music (1975)". You Tube. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gibb Songs 1975". Joe Brennan. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Andy Gibb - Love Is Thicker Than Water". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gibb Songs 1976". Joe Brennan. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "NZ Charts > Andy Gibb". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-05-20.