Holiday (Bee Gees song)

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Bee Gees - Holiday.jpg
The US single release of the song
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees' 1st

"Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" (US and Australia)

"Red Chair, Fade Away" (Germany, France and Scandinavia)
Released September 1967 (United States)
October 1967 (Australia)
Format 7", 45 rpm
Recorded 21 April 1967
IBC Studios, London
Genre Baroque pop
Length 2:52
Label Polydor, Philips (United Kingdom, Canada)
Atco (United States, Mexico)
Spin (Australia, New Zealand)
Songwriter(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne
Bee Gees US singles chronology
"To Love Somebody"

"To Love Somebody"
Audio sample

"Holiday" is a song released by the Bee Gees in the United States in September 1967. It appeared on the album Bee Gees' 1st.[1] The song was not released as a single in their native United Kingdom because Polydor UK released the single "World" from their next album Horizontal.

The song was prominently featured in the South Korean film Nowhere to Hide. It later featured in the South Korean television series Reply 1997, and South Korean girl group Red Velvet's Level Up Project, as a contrast to the song of the same name by SM Entertainment labelmate, Girl's Generation.

One of the robots sang the song in the "Mitchell" episode of the American television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Composition and recording[edit]

The song is composed primarily in a minor key with a strong orchestral presence. Brothers Barry and Robin Gibb, who also wrote the song, share lead vocals. The song was recorded during the same session as "To Love Somebody" around April 1967.[2]


The song's flipside was "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" in the US, Canada and Australia but "Red Chair, Fade Away" was used in other territories.[3] The song's music video, consisted of footage of the band enjoying traveling a city bus in Paris.[4] Their footage visiting Paris is also used as the music video for "Words".[5] Another promotional film, filmed in black and white, featured the group performing the song.[6]

The song remained a concert favourite for over 30 years, and Maurice Gibb often provided the audience with comedic antics by attempting many failed attempts to join Barry and Robin while singing this song. Evidence of this can be seen in the 1989 "One For All" concert video where Maurice takes a camera from a film cameraman standing nearby and films Barry and Robin as they sing the song.


Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1968[11] French singer Michel Didier covered the song in French under the title C'est une folle idée (lyrics: Michel Didier).[12]
  • In 1979, Moulin Rouge recorded a late 1970s disco style cover version [13]
  • In 2007, HRSTA recorded a cover on its third album Ghosts Will Come and Kiss Our Eyes[14]


  1. ^ "Show 49 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library".
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967".
  3. ^ "Bee Gees - Holiday releases".
  4. ^ "Bee Gees Holiday 1967". YouTube. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The Bee Gees - Words ( Rare Video Filmed In Paris 1968 High Quality )". YouTube. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Bee Gees - Holiday (1967) [High Quality Stereo Sound, Subtitled]". YouTube. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts" (PDF). Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Bee Gees - Holiday". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Bee Gees - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Magazine Archives. 11 November 1967. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  11. ^ Mike Hennessy. From the Music Capitals of the World. Billboard. Mai 4, 1968, pp. 52-53.
  12. ^ 7", 45 rpm single, B-side: Je voudrais dormir auprès de toi, written by Michel Didier. Philips/Fontana, série Parade, 260.142 MF.
  13. ^ "Moulin Rouge (2)". Discogs.
  14. ^ "Ghosts Will Come and Kiss Our Eyes". Wikipedia. 2017-09-23.

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