Shine, Shine

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"Shine, Shine"
Single by Barry Gibb
from the album Now Voyager
B-side "She Says"
Released August 1984
Format 7", 12", CD single
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:43
Label MCA (US)
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson
Barry Gibb singles chronology
"What Kind of Fool"
"Shine, Shine"
"Fine Line"

"Shine, Shine" is a song recorded and released by Barry Gibb. The first single from his debut solo album Now Voyager, it proved to be another hit single for Gibb, as he had previously released the US Top 10 singles "Guilty" and "What Kind of Fool," on both of which he had collaborated with Barbra Streisand. "Shine, Shine," however, was his first entirely solo hit single.


The selection was written and composed by Gibb, his brother Maurice before the latter's death, and George Bitzer. The song has a fast percussion beat and a relatively straight melody line. Though the date, in 1984, of its recording in Middle Ear Studios was undocumented as of late April of 2015, it employed string arrangements which were added later in Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles.[1] Gibb also sings background and harmony vocals and played acoustic guitar on this track.

As its music video implies, the selection's lyrics are about a man who is watching a woman he loves marry someone else.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

"Shine, Shine" was chosen as the first single to be released from Now Voyager, with "She Says" chosen as the B-side.[3] The song was charted in North America, Canada, UK and on other European countries. The song was released on PolyGram Records in Portugal. MCA also released a 12-inch single, but with the same versions of two songs. The extended version of this single was released only in the UK.[4] The horn section is featured in the instrumental break and on the coda of the song. The cover photograph for the single was shot by Annie Leibovitz.[4]

William Ruhlmann, at Allmusic, describes the song as "having an engaging chorus and Caribbean riff."[5] Rolling Stone described "Shine, Shine" as having a "new wave synth-pop bounce, a hopped-up reggae beat."[2]


Charts (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 87
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 29
Canada Adult Contemporary Charts (RPM)[6] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 53
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 45
Italy (FIMI)[6] 23
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 32
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 95
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 37
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[10] 8
US Cash Box[11] 39
US Radio & Records[6] 38


  1. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1984". Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Barry Gibb, "Shine Shine"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager". 
  4. ^ a b "Barry Gibb - Shine Shine". 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Songs written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - page 4" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  7. ^ " - Barry Gibb - Shine Shine". Ultratop. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Barry Gibb - Shine, Shine". Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  9. ^ " - Barry Gibb - Shine, Shine". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Barry Gibb - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. 6 October 1984. Retrieved 22 December 2014.