Run to Me (Bee Gees song)
|"Run To Me"|
|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album To Whom It May Concern|
|B-side||"Road to Alaska"|
|Released||7 July 1972|
|Recorded||12 April 1972
IBC Studios, London
|Writer(s)||Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb|
|Producer(s)||Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees|
|Bee Gees singles chronology|
Writing and recording
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.
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."
"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.
Release and live performances
Released 7 July 1972,"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.
- 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, and La Chiesa.
- Barry Gibb – lead vocal, guitar
- Robin Gibb – lead and harmony vocal
- Maurice Gibb – harmony vocal, bass, piano, guitar
- Clem Cattini – drums
- Alan Kendall – guitar
- Bill Shepherd – orchestral arrangement
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