How Many Birds

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"How Many Birds"
Song by Bee Gees
from the album Spicks and Specks
ReleasedNovember 1966
RecordedApril — May 1966
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb
Producer(s)Nat Kipner
Spicks and Specks track listing

"How Many Birds" is a song written by Barry Gibb, recorded by the Bee Gees in 1966 for the Spicks and Specks album.[1] Recording took place at St. Clair Studios, Hurstville outside Sydney.


The song was recorded on one-track tape machines and required the use of sound-on-sound for all overdubs. "How Many Birds" was recorded around April and May 1966 as part of the sessions for what became the Spicks and Specks album.[2]

The song starts with a guitar riff and the chord became E as Barry sings the introduction. After Barry sings the lines, the song gets faster. The singer states that he's lonely without his girl and doesn't know what to do.

Cover versions[edit]

The Kids covered the song the same year, lead vocalist Michael Griffith and Tony Borg singing to the Bee Gees backing tracks. The Kids never recorded again but the fact that they chose this song to record proves that the Saint Clair tapes were not discarded when the studio closed, and were presumably in Nat Kipner's hands. But Kipner today has no idea where they went to.[3]



  1. ^ "Bee Gees - Spicks and Specks album". Discogs. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1966". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1967". Retrieved 31 December 2013.