Holiday (Bee Gees song)

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"Holiday"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees' 1st
B-side "Red Chair Fade Away"[1]
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 (United Kingdom, Canada)
Atco (United States, Mexico)
Spin (Australia, New Zealand)
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne
Bee Gees singles chronology
"To Love Somebody"
(1967)
"Holiday"
(1967)
"Massachusetts"
(1967)
Music sample

"Holiday" is a song released by the Bee Gees. It was not released as a single in their native United Kingdom as Polydor UK released the single "World" from their next album Horizontal, but was released in the United States in September 1967. It appeared on the album Bee Gees' 1st.[2]

The song was prominently featured in the Korean films Nowhere to Hide and Holiday.

One of the robots sung this song in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Mitchell".

Composition and recording[edit]

The song is haunting, even eerie, having been 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.[3]

Release[edit]

The song's flipside was "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" in the US but "Red Chair, Fade Away" was used in other territories.[1] 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 a 1989 "One for all Tour" concert video where Maurice takes a camera from a film cameraman standing nearby and films Barry and Robin as they sing the song.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1968[12] French singer Michel Didier covered the song in French under the title C'est une folle idée (lyrics: Michel Didier).[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - Holiday releases". 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967". 
  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). brothersgibb.org. 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. November 11, 1967. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Cash Box Top 100". Cashbox Magazine Archives. November 25, 1967. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Mike Hennessy. From the Music Capitals of the World. Billboard. Mai 4, 1968, pp. 52-53.
  13. ^ 7", 45 rpm single, B-side: Je voudrais dormir auprès de toi, written by Michel Didier. Philips/Fontana, série Parade, 260.142 MF.

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