BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #258: “HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART”- THE BEE GEES – AUGUST 7, 1971

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Billboard #1 Hits: #258: “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”- The Bee Gees. August 7, 1971. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”- The Bee Gees
  • Record Company-Atco
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • Time: 3:57
  • B-side:”Country Woman”
  • Album- Trafalgar
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

When The Bee Gees first wrote “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”- they offered it to acid rock legend Andy Williams- he turned it down. He would later record it. When they play The Bee Gees on the radio it seems like what you usually get is the mid 70’s on- disco Bee Gees. While I do like a lot of their songs from that era they have been run into the ground- especially back in the day. I prefer their earlier material. Some seem to forget that they were quite successful before disco. A couple weeks ago on the American Top 40 replay from 1975 “Jive Talkin” was in that Top 40 and Casey Kasam remarked how even The Bee Gees had done a disco song. Little did the world know. Not a big disco fan here but I will give Donna Summer and The Bee Gees credit as being great disco era artists. I am getting a little off topic.

“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”- came at a good time. The Bee Gees had briefly split and had just gotten back together. The same writing session between brothers Barry and Robin Gibb produced “Lonely Days.” They called in brother Maurice and both songs were recorded on the same night.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #258: “HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART”- THE BEE GEES – AUGUST 7, 1971

  1. “Acid rock legend” Andy Williams, love it. Maybe if on acid he’d sound good. I love this song and Lonely Days by the BeeGees. I remember Al Green did a great cover of it also.

  2. a great song, and like Lisa said, Al Green did a fine version too. I’m opposite you but only a little – I actually like the disco era Bee Gees a bit better (I think they were the undeniable kings of that genre, both in success and quality) but their early soft rock hits were quite good too.

  3. The soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever was the only thing good that came out of the disco craze. I personally liked the early Bee Gees, but disco allowed them to rejuvenate their careers.

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