Wouldn't I Be Someone

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"Wouldn't I Be Someone"
Single by Bee Gees
B-side "Elisa"
"King and Country" (Germany)
Released 22 June 1973 (United Kingdom)
July 1973 (United States)
Format 7"
Recorded October 1972
The Record Plant, Los Angeles
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock
Length 5:31 (album)
3:30 (single)
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Saw a New Morning"
"Wouldn't I Be Someone"
"Mr. Natural"
Music sample

"Wouldn't I Be Someone" is a song by The Bee Gees. It was released on 22 June 1973 in the United Kingdom and on July 1973 in the United States.[1] The cover of the single was also used on Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2.


"Wouldn't I Be Someone" was recorded around October 1972 in The Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. The long chorus, extended by an instrumental section of the song is their new idea and was reminiscent to their 1969 song "Odessa (City on the Black Sea)", but the difference between the two is when electric guitar was added to this song.[2]


Although the single failed to chart in United States, it was a No. 1 hit in Hong Kong and in Costa Rica, and reached No. 17 in Italy. Originally released on Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 with an extended version timed at 5:31, it was noted for its lush symphony orchestra arrangement and bluesy guitar solo by Alan Kendall. The single was shortened to a running time of 3:30 with the B-side of "Elisa". Both songs had been from an album called A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants. However, producer Robert Stigwood refused to release that, citing it to not be commercial enough for sales. It was followed by the more R&B flavored, "Mr. Natural", produced by legendary Arif Mardin.

"Elisa" was chosen as the B-side of this single elsewhere, "King and Country" was chosen only in Germany.[3] The album on which the song was originally appeared A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants, was released as a bootleg in Malaysia on Polydor.

Two days before the Bee Gees' concert in London Palladium in the UK, the song released as a single in 22 June in that country, but their performance was postponed.[4]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 52
Hong Kong[6] 1
Italy (FIMI)[6] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 115
US Billboard Easy Listening Charts[8] 42
US Record World[6] 100


  1. ^ "The Bee Gees - Wouldn't I Be Someone / Elisa". 45cat. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1973". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ a b c "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 2" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bubbling Under the Hot 100". Billboard: 63. July 14, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "US Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-11-09.