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Billboard #1 Hits: #440: “{Love Is] Thicker Than Water”- Andy Gibb- March 4, 1978. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single : “{Love Is} Thicker Than Water”- Andy Gibb
  • Record Company- RSO
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Barry Gibb and Andy Gibb
  • Time: 3:18
  • B side: “Words And Music”
  • Album- Flowing Rivers
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

The Brothers Gibb were ruling the charts in late 1977-early 1978 like no one since The Beatles in 1964. The final #1 hit of 1977 was “How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees, then after the Player single “Baby Come Back”- The Bee Gees came back with “Stayin’ Alive”- followed by brother Andy with his second #1 in six months “{Love Is} Thicker Than Water” which would be replaced by the third Bee Gees #1 off of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack ‘Night Fever” which would spend two months at #1. What replaced “Night Fever”- Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You’- written by The Bee Gees.

Andy Gibb would later comment on “Thicker Than Water.”

I did one song with Barry, ‘Thicker Than Water’ which I thought was good”, Gibb explains, “Even though it says on the credits ‘B. & A. Gibb’, it is really Barry’s song – it is very hard to write with Barry, but he said, ‘Help me think of a great title’. That was a period where Barry was thinking of titles first and seeing how they would inspire him to write a song. I said, ‘How about Thicker Than Water?’ I did not say ‘Love Is’ just ‘Thicker Than Water’, he said ‘That’s great!’ and then he came up with ‘Love is higher than a mountain’ and he just went on from there, but the title was totally my idea.”

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