The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs

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The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1965
RecordedJune 1963 – October 1965
StudioFestival Studio, Sydney
ProducerBill Shepherd
Robert Iredale (other songs)
The Bee Gees chronology
The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs
Spicks and Specks
Singles from The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs
  1. "I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men"
    Released: November 1965

The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs is the debut studio album by the English pop band the Bee Gees. (1967's Bee Gees' 1st was the international debut album.) It was released in November 1965 on the Australian Leedon label under the name "Barry Gibb & the Bee Gee's" [sic]. It is a compilation of most of the Gibb brothers' singles that had been released over the previous three years in Australia, which accounts for the many different styles of music on it.


Only five new songs were recorded for the album: "I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men", "And the Children Laughing", "I Don't Think It's Funny", "How Love Was True" and "To Be or Not to Be". Barry had more than enough unrecorded songs for an all new-LP, but the rest of the album was instead made up of nine lesser-known singles. Bill Shepherd set the order of the songs.

Barry plays rhythm guitar, and Maurice probably plays the other guitars, like the leads in "I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men" and "How Love Was True", whether Maurice managed to play the acoustic lead guitar in "I Don't Think It's Funny" or the fast piano in "To Be or Not to Be" is less certain, the organ on "I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men" and "And the Children Laughing" is either Robin or Maurice. Though uncredited on the back of this album, it is confirmed that the Gibbs' friend Trevor Gordon played lead guitar on "Peace of Mind", "Wine and Women" and "Follow the Wind". Gordon later released several recordings under the name Trevor Gordon and the Bee Gees. Gordon went on to find success with Graham Bonnet in the UK-based duo the Marbles, who had a hit with "Only One Woman" written by the Bee Gees and produced by Barry and Maurice with Robert Stigwood.


The name of the album has been subject to debate among discographers.[citation needed] The confusion begins with Festival Records' use of the apostrophe, which has in large letters BARRY GIBB & THE BEE GEE'S, and then in much smaller letters THE BEE GEES's SING & PLAY 14 BARRY GIBB SONGS. The original issue of the LP on Leedon is extremely rare. Even the reissue in 1967 on the Calendar label is rarely seen in Australia. This album package was not issued elsewhere and was not issued on CD until it was released as part of a 2013 box set called Festival Album Collection: 1965-1967.[2]

Earlier tracks, like "Peace of Mind", "Claustrophobia" and "Could It Be", are in the Merseybeat vein that was popular throughout 1964, while later singles like "Follow the Wind" and "And the Children Laughing" reflect the more folky sounds of 1965. Of the new tracks that were recorded specifically for the album, "To Be or Not to Be" was probably the biggest departure, being a blues-based hard rocker. In the compilation Brilliant from Birth, "You Wouldn't Know" is faded early to 2:03, losing the shouting and laughing in the longer and original fade.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Barry Gibb.

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men"Barry Gibb3:35
2."I Don't Think It's Funny"Robin Gibb2:52
3."How Love Was True"Robin2:12
4."To Be or Not to Be"Barry and Robin2:10
7."Could It Be"Barry2:03
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."And the Children Laughing"Barry3:20
2."Wine and Women"Barry and Robin2:52
3."Don't Say Goodbye"Barry2:23
4."Peace of Mind"Barry2:20
5."Take Hold of That Star"Barry2:38
6."You Wouldn't Know"Barry and Robin2:05
7."Follow the Wind"Barry and Robin2:07


Bee Gees
Additional musicians and production
  • Bruce Davis – lead guitar on "Claustrophobia" and "Could It Be"
  • Leith Ryan – lead guitar on "Claustrophobia" and "Could It Be"
  • Bill Swindells – bass on "Claustrophobia" and "Could It Be"
  • Laurie Wardman – drums on "Claustrophobia" and "Could It Be"
  • Trevor Gordon – lead guitar on "Follow The Wind," "Wine & Women" and "Peace of Mind"
  • Uncredited musicians – bass, drums, violin, piano on "Timber!" and "Take Hold of That Star"[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gibb Songs: 1965". Columbia University. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs – 1965".