Run to Me (Bee Gees song)

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"Run To Me"
Run To Me.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
from the album To Whom It May Concern
B-side "Road to Alaska"
Released 7 July 1972
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 12 April 1972
IBC Studios, London
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:11
Label Polydor
Atco (US/CA)
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"My World"
(1972)
"Run To Me"
(1972)
"Alive"
(1972)
"My World"
(1972)
"Run To Me"
(1972)
"Alive"
(1972)
Audio sample

"Run to Me" is a song by the Bee Gees, the lead single and first track on the group's 1972 album To Whom It May Concern. The song reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 20.

Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Lead vocals by Barry Gibb on the verses and Robin Gibb on the chorus.

Writing and recording[edit]

Robin Gibb recalls in The Mail on Sunday on 1 November 2009:

We wrote this is at our manager Robert Stigwood's house in Beverly Hills. He was a great visionary and championed our beliefs and chemistry as brothers. Lyrically, this song chronicles the wishes of a man who longs to be noticed by a broken-hearted girl.[1]

Robin also recalls, "We recorded 'Run to Me' and Andy Williams cut it on his LP. If Andy Williams came up to us and said write a song and we wrote 'Run to Me' for him, he probably wouldn't have recorded it. But we recorded it and then he recorded it."[2]

"Run to Me" was recorded on 12 April 1972 at London's IBC Studios same day as "Bad Bad Dreams" and "Please Don't Turn Out The Lights". It was very much in the mold of the last two successful singles, "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself" and "My World". The song has a straight verse-chorus number with vocal by both Barry and Robin. Maurice sings in a very low key along with Robin in the chorus which is barely audible, something he rarely did in concert when they performed this song.[3]

Release and live performances[edit]

Released 7 July 1972,[4]"Run to Me" saw the Bee Gees return to the UK Top 10 after a three-year absence, climbing to #9, while in the US it reached #16. The first Bee Gees single without drummer Geoff Bridgford as he left the band in January that year.

A promotional video for this song was filmed in black and white, featuring Barry and Robin singing in front of Maurice's grand piano.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Dionne Warwick and Barry Manilow charted #12 US AC and #86 UK with their version released in 1985 and included on Warwick's studio album "Finder of Lost Loves".
  • Anita Meyer and Lee Towers made it a top 10 hit late 1985.
  • Oscar de la Hoya from his 2000 self-titled album, his version peaked at number twenty-three on the Adult Contemporary, while the Spanish version "Ven a Mi" peaked at number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Less notable covers include those by Sarah Vaughan, Jerry Vale, Brenda Lee, Marie Osmond, Barry Manilow, La Chiesa, and a duet between Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet.

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bee Gees - "Run to Me"". Songfacts. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "45cat - The Bee Gees - Run to Me/Road to Alaska". 45cat. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "1972 Bee Gees - Run to Me (Good Sound)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. December 23, 1972. p. 45. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts". Go-Set. October 7, 1972. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. September 23, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. November 18, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. October 7, 1972. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. September 30, 1972. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 2" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bee Gees - Run To Me". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Songs from the Year 1972". tsort.info. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "BEE GEES - UK CHART HISTORY". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bee Gees - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. September 30, 1972. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  19. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992"
  20. ^ "Songs from the Year 1972". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
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