August October

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"August October"
August october.jpg
Single by Robin Gibb
from the album Robin's Reign
B-side "Give Me a Smile"
Released February 1970 (1970-02)
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 10 October 1969
Genre Baroque pop
Length 2:31
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Songwriter(s) Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Robin Gibb, Vic Lewis
Robin Gibb singles chronology
"One Million Years"
"August October"
"Oh! Darling"
"One Million Years"
"August October"
"Oh! Darling"

"August October" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Robin Gibb, the second and the last song released from the album Robin's Reign. It reached #45 in the UK in three weeks.[1] It was also charted in other countries like Germany (#12), New Zealand (#11) and in Denmark (#3). It was backed by "Give Me a Smile", a song also appeared on his debut album. It was released as a single in February 1970, same month on which the album was released. It was later covered by Elton John.[2]

Recording and release[edit]

"August October" was recorded at London in October 10, 1969 same day as "Gone Gone Gone" and "Lord Bless All".[3]Gibb's voice on this song was low, especially on the first verse:[4] Autumn and Friday the winds blew, July, September, I knew you, and now I sit on the sand hill, I sing our song to the sea.

The Italian LP Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 has a mono mix of this song with a fadeout ending (at 2:25), but then it comes to a full ending seconds later. If this was to be a true mono mix, it was hardly used, as most Polydor divisions issued stereo singles, and Atco's mono single appears to be a reduction from stereo. Additionally, for the second time Gibb recorded an Italian alternate vocal.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts Peak
United Kingdom Singles Chart[1] 45
German Media Control Charts 12
Danish Singles Chart 3
New Zealand RIANZ Charts 11


  1. ^ a b Robin Gibb Singles Chart History Archived December 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Elton John covers "August October" by Robin Gibb". You Tube. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1969". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "August October Lyrics at Elyrics". Elyrics. Retrieved 7 March 2013.