Rest Your Love on Me

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"Rest Your Love On Me"
Toomuchheaven.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
A-side "Too Much Heaven"
Released November 1978
Format 7"
Recorded 2 May 1976
Studio Le Studio, Quebec, Canada
Genre Country pop
Length 4:20
Label RSO
Songwriter(s) Barry Gibb
Producer(s) Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Night Fever"
(1978)
"Rest Your Love On Me"
(1978)
"Tragedy"
(1979)
"Night Fever"
(1978)
"Too Much Heaven" / Rest Your Love On Me
(1978)
"Tragedy"
(1979)

"Rest Your Love on Me" is a country ballad performed by the Bee Gees written and sung by Barry Gibb. It was the B-side of the US No. 1 hit "Too Much Heaven".

Recording[edit]

"Rest Your Love on Me" was written by Barry Gibb in 1976 and recorded it in May 2 on the Children of the World sessions. Stephen Stills played bass on its original demo.[1]

It was not used until "Too Much Heaven" was released, as "Rest Your Love on Me" was chosen as the B-side. As a country song it did not fit in with what the Bee Gees were putting on their albums, even though they continued to write the occasional country song, like "Where Do I Go", also left off the forthcoming album.[2]

Release[edit]

By itself, it reached #39 on the country charts in the United States, their only appearance in the Country Top 40 as artists (though Barry and Maurice also performed and played on 1983's country chart-topping "Islands in the Stream"). The single was a double A in the United Kingdom, France, Scandinavia, Ireland and in Belgium. Later in 1979 it was included in the compilation album Bee Gees Greatest, which rose #1 on the Billboard album charts.

The Osmonds, themselves beginning a transition from a pop/rock band to country music, recorded the song under Maurice Gibb's direction shortly before the Bee Gees released their version, but not released until afterward. In January 1979, Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton-John would perform it at the Music for UNICEF show, the first time most people heard it.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Conway Twitty version[edit]

"Rest Your Love on Me"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Rest Your Love On Me
B-side "I Am the Dreamer (You Are the Dream)"
Released February 21, 1981
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Barry Gibb
Producer(s) Conway Twitty, Ron Chancey
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"Lovin' What Your Lovin' Does to Me"
(1981)
"Rest Your Love on Me"
(1981)
"I Still Believe in Waltzes"
(1981)
"Lovin' What Your Lovin' Does to Me"
(1981)
"Rest Your Love on Me"
(1981)
"I Still Believe in Waltzes"
(1981)

"Rest Your Love on Me" was recorded by Conway Twitty in 1980 for his album of the same name. It was his 25th number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of 10 weeks within the Top 40.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks[4] 9

Other versions[edit]

  • Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton-John had done a duet version of "Rest Your Love on Me" at the UNICEF show in January 1979, so she agreed to record it and a new song for Andy's third album After Dark, Albhy Galuten winces recalling the session years later.[5] This song was released as a single in other countries.
  • The Osmonds recorded this song from their album Steppin' Out released in that year also produced by Maurice Gibb.
  • Rhythm Sound, a Surinamese group, recorded "Rest Your Love on Me" in their own language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees – Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1976". Columbia.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 362. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 360. 
  5. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1997". Columbia.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)" by Mickey Gilley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single (Conway Twitty version)

May 2, 1981
Succeeded by
"Am I Losing You" by Ronnie Milsap